The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 generator is certainly one of the standout features on the truck. Officially called Pro Power Onboard, this system is available with the hybrid and non-hybrid F-150 in three power configurations. All of them give far more power than any other truck’s simple 12 volt socket. Across these three power outputs, here’s what you can expect to power with your Ford F-150’s onboard generator.
First, it’s possible to get a 2021 F-150 without the generator system at all, so don’t expect to get one no matter what. For non-hybrid gas models, the base level 2.0 kilowatt generator is an optional extra (pricing isn’t available yet). Still, that base generator has can draw up to 2000 watts simultaneously. That’s enough for a full tailgating setup, including a heater, TV, mini fridge, and speakers.
The generator just runs off the engine, so the vehicle will be running whenever power is being used. Ford even says you can use the generator to charge things while driving on all configurations, although it will probably have a detrimental effect of fuel economy and performance.
Step up to the F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid, and you get a 2.4 kW Power Pro Onboard generator as standard. This can power all the tools needed to build a deck or cement masonry station, including the generator. If construction isn’t your thing, it can also power a mobile drive in movie theatre. Going for the hybrid also allows the truck to run the generator without the engine on, by drawing power from the battery. Ford says the truck will automatically balance using the gas engine to charge the batteries, power the generator system, or be off completely to reach that 2400 watts.
Finally, the big-daddy 7.2 kW generator is optional on the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid pickup truck. This can power almost anything you can fit in the back of the truck bed, with capacity for a full mobile metal welding shop. Plus, since it can power while driving, the truck can fully charge two electric dirt bikes, and have more power leftover. It’ll probably be more difficult for owners to figure out how to power a whopping 7200 watts at once, rather than going over the threshold.
The Power Pro Onboard generator is something so genius, we are surprised it took Ford or the competition this long to offer a vehicle with this practicality. It also allows owners to monitor power levels from the Ford app The truck will even turn the generator off if too much power is being drawn, and send an alert if the max electrical output is reached.
We suspect the 2021 Ford F-150 generator will be a popular option, as it will be extremely useful for job sites and recreation alike.