- Powerful Ford F-150® Lightning™ all-electric truck batteries have bi-directional vehicle-to-grid charging capabilities.
- The growing number of electric vehicle batteries could bring tremendous value to customers and the grid.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida., August 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is exploring new ways for customers to Florida may one day be able to use two-way or two-way electric vehicle charging to power their own homes during outages and to help sustain the power grid.
The company will launch a pilot research and development program in the state to test and assess the viability of high-capacity batteries in the new Ford F-150 Lightning all-electric truck as an advanced grid resource that could help transform the energy system. .
Under the pilot project, Duke Energy will add approximately five Ford F-150 Lightning trucks to its Florida fleet and perform additional testing of the technology, with a focus on operating homes that have solar power and stationary storage. Using the Ford Charge Station Pro and the Intelligent Backup Power Home Integration System’s two-way charging infrastructure, the company will conduct extensive testing using the vehicles to source and draw power from the electrical grid. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration will push and pull power between connected electric trucks and the grid in a two-way power flow.
The pilot will focus on real-world use cases with the Ford F-150 Lightning for grid benefit – such as how the vehicle interacts with other customer-owned distributed energy resources (such as rooftop photovoltaic – or PV – the customer’s solar and home batteries), how the truck’s battery works to power customers’ homes during an outage, how the vehicles will be used to power the grid during peak hours of use, and how such use might have impact on truck batteries over time.
“We continuously test clean energy innovations to assess their performance in complex real-life scenarios,” said Lon Huber, senior vice president of pricing and customer solutions at Duke Energy. “Like our customers, we are excited about the prospects of these advancements, and we are working to evaluate them in controlled environments to find ways to maximize their value and benefits.”
The F-150 Lightning is the smartest, most innovative F-150 Ford has ever built – a 10 kilowatt intelligent distributed energy resource with extensive and continuous software updates – and offers the functionality of a full truck greatness with even more innovative features, designed for electric charging rather than fuel consumption.
“Ford’s electric vehicles open up new energy management possibilities for our customers, becoming valuable energy storage sources that are game-changing about the benefits an EV can deliver,” said Steven Croley, Director of Policy and General Counsel, Ford Motor Company. “Alongside Duke Energy and our joint customers, we are working to refine and expand these capabilities that will not only power their lives, but also accelerate the development of a less carbon-intensive grid.”
All-electric vehicles like the Ford F-150 Lightning contain an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine and can essentially act as an electric power generator on wheels. Expanded storage through connected EV batteries provides more capacity to capture and store precious energy. This energy can then be used for personal customer needs (vehicle to home or V2H) or returned to the power grid (V2G) to help meet electricity demand when it is highest.
With the F-150 Lightning, Ford introduced Smart Backup Power, a feature that, when purchased with the necessary installation equipment, can allow customers to power their homes for up to 10 days in power outage, all from the vehicle battery. Sunrun, one of the nation’s leading home solar panel and energy storage companies, is the preferred installer of F-150 Lightning home charging solutions and will contribute to the charging and power infrastructure of intelligent backup for the Ford-150 Lightning.
“The potential is huge when it comes to emerging vehicle-to-network technologies,” Huber said. “As a leader in clean energy, we are committed to helping shape the net zero carbon landscape. This includes hands-on work to validate new technologies that can benefit our customers and support the clean, smart and reliable grid of the future. ”
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 50,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to meet its goals of net methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least 50% carbon reduction from power generation by 2030 and net emissions carbon emissions by 2050. Zero goals also include Scope 2 emissions and some Scope 3 emissions. zero-emission power generation such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
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About Ford Motor Company
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