High Powered eBike Camping: Ford F-150 7.2kW Pro Power Onboard Inverter, 35 kW Motor/Generator with 1.5 kW Li-ion Battery

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You can probably fast charge a Tesla with this monster.

Want to charge a few eBikes, while cooking dinner on an induction electric stove, with another person showering and the rest of your party drinking ice cold beer, with a massive stereo system blasting?



Here's the automotive solution. A 35 kW motor/generator is about 47 horsepower, or ten miles of EV-only driving.

Motor implies electric motor. Engine is the term used to refer to a fuel powered motor.






For more traditional truck customers, the 14th-generation F-150 offers the towing and capability they’ve come to expect as well as new features designed to make working,
even sleeping, in the truck better. They include newly designed work areas on the center console and tailgate, lay-flat seats and an integrated generator that can power tools at work sites or televisions and speakers at tailgate parties.

The 2021 F-150 features new interior and exterior designs, additional storage and six available engine options, including a 3.0-liter diesel and 3.5-liter “PowerBoost” hybrid V6 engine. All engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford said the new hybrid model is targeted to achieve roughly 700 miles on a single tank of gas and deliver at least 12,000 pounds of available maximum towing. That’s in line with or better than current models with V6 engines.

Standard on hybrid models is a new integrated power generator with 2.4 kilowatts of output or an optional 7.2 kW of output. The standard model could charge everything for a tailgate party or a jackhammer and compact concrete mixer.

The power generators are available in 2.4-kW and 7.2-kW versions for non-hybrid models with gas engines. The generator works by taking energy from an onboard lithium-ion battery. The vehicle’s engine may need to be on to assist in charging the battery


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I’m looking for a vehicle to ride the Great Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico. The trail is nearby.

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My specifications in Priority order, for a 4x4, follow. From the information currently available, my best choice seems to be the PowerBoost hybrid with King Ranch trim, including Max Recline seats. The PowerBoost (li-ion battery) system includes the Pro Power Onboard generator and inverter.

The 7kW generator is desirable because it comes with four, rather than two 110V outlets. One outlet is dedicated for refrigerator. A second outlet will be used at night for a heater. A third outlet might necessary to simultaneously cook food and heat water.

The truck bed will require a camper top to allow heat to pass from the cab to keep the water container from freezing. Some storage space is available below the cab floor. Might be necessary to limit Max Recline angle to allow space for water tank in cab.

The refrigerator might also be stored in the bed, or preferably behind the center console in the cab. The Max Recline seats will probably require the entire length of the cab space.

The shower stall will be hung from the rear of the truck or near a front door.. Cooking and washing will also be done from the tailgate area, or near a front door. Two 110V outlets are located near the tailgate, on the driver side. Running water lines through the truck bed exposes the lines to freezing.

The foldup seats in the cab probably need to be removed.

The truck bed will probably contain a metal frame made from conventional 2x4 aluminum framing material. The metal frame will allow heavy insulation to be attached and compartments to be built.
  1. Ventilation
    1. F-150 has heated and ventilated lay-flat seats for sleeping
    2. diesel or electric air heater connected to car ventilation ducts
    3. Connect new fan(s) to existing car ducts for fresh air
    4. driven by second battery
  2. Insulate
    1. windows
    2. partition between cargo and cabin areas
    3. ceiling
    4. floor
  3. Heat
    1. Air
      1. diesel or electric air heater
    2. Water
      1. Electric
    3. Food
      1. Electric induction
    4. Floor
      1. Electric radiant heat for truck bed to prevent water from freezing.
  4. Power F-150
    1. Power duration is more dependent upon tank size for generation than 1.5 kW capacity.
    2. I believe the F150 PowerBoost hybrid powertrain is gas-only. But this does not make sense because the electric motor is attached to the transmission. The modular design intent is to decouple electrical and mechanical power systems. Ford has given the name PowerBoost to the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid powertrain.
    3. Sustained battery usage at extreme outside temperatures or under heavy loads.
    4. And on hybrid models, Pro Power will automatically turn on the gasoline engine as needed to ensure consistent power flow without draining the battery.
    5. The system even provides power on the move to charge tool batteries in between jobs
    6. Power is accessible through
      1. in-cabin outlets and
      2. up to four cargo bed-mounted 120-volt 20-amp outlets, with
      3. a 240-volt 30-amp outlet on the 7.2-kilowatt version.
  5. Power, Generic
    1. Capacity and Duration
    2. 110V input charge or J1772 EV Jack
    3. Solar (optional with hybrid car)
    4. Battery to battery (powered by car alternator or second generator)
    5. Inverter to supply 110V
    6. Battery
      1. Lead acid
      2. Iron phosphate li-ion
  6. Water supply
    1. Cooking
    2. Shower
    3. Toilet
  7. Frame
    1. Light fixtures
    2. Insulate
    3. Structure for hardware
    4. Conduit for electrical wires
    5. Food storage
    6. Clothes storage
  8. Roof or truck bed
    1. Solar panels optional
    2. Ventilation fans or moonroof
  9. Appliances
    1. Lighting
    2. Air compressor to clean and dry chain.
  10. Cooling
    1. Electric Refrigeration
    2. Battery and Generator
    3. A/C system
  11. Vehicle
    1. Maintenance in remote locations
    2. Fuel availability (B20 diesel)
    3. Carbon Monoxide detection
    4. Table space
    5. Security
      1. High energy drain; operates continuously
 
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The 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid V6 powertrain is targeted to deliver the most torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size pickup. Available on every trim level from F-150 XL to Limited, the PowerBoost system—the only OEM light-duty full-size pickup to offer a full hybrid—adds instant electric torque to Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

PowerBoost combines Ford’s proven EcoBoost engine and 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with a 35-kilowatt (47-horsepower) electric motor integrated into the transmission, as well as software calibrated specially for truck use, including drive modes such as tow/haul mode to help customers better manage towing heavy trailers.

Ford has revealed its all-new F-150 pickup. The new F-150 targets the most towing, payload, torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size pickup, introduces all-new features to increase customer productivity, has new connected vehicle innovations such as over-the-air updates, and offers an available all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid powertrain with Pro Power Onboard—an integrated power generator.

It is targeting an EPA-estimated range of approximately 700 miles on a single tank of gas and will deliver at least 12,000 pounds of available maximum towing.
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The electric motor applies regenerative braking energy capture to help recharge the 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. The battery is efficiently packaged underneath the truck, leaving the cab and cargo box of PowerBoost F-150 as spacious for passengers and cargo as other comparably equipped F-150 models. The system is capable of sustained battery usage at extreme outside temperatures or under heavy loads.

Available Pro Power Onboard expands F-150’s capability by bringing generator levels of exportable power to work sites, camp sites and everyday life. Pro Power Onboard is available with a 2.0 kW output on optional gas engines, while PowerBoost-equipped F-150 comes standard with 2.4 kW of output or an optional 7.2 Kw of output.

Power is accessible through in-cabin outlets and up to four cargo bed-mounted 120-volt 20-amp outlets, with a 240-volt 30-amp outlet on the 7.2-kilowatt version. The system even provides power on the move to charge tool batteries in between jobs.
 
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Ford only expects about 10 percent of new F-150s will be hybrids, so it was important to offer Pro Power with the conventional drivetrains. That, Sultana says, was much more complicated. The standard 12-volt electrical architecture couldn't provide what they needed, so Sultana and her team designed a whole new 24-volt electrical system, using two conventional 12-volt batteries in addition to the standard battery.

In addition to those batteries, Pro Power-equipped non-hybrid F-150s get a second alternator. Thus equipped, F-150s with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, or 5.0-liter V-8 can power a full tailgating setup with a TV, speakers, and a mini fridge. The generator system is completely separated from the rest of the vehicle's electrical system, adding a layer of safety and ensuring that any Pro Power system problems will not impact the drivability of the truck.

Pro Power is smart. The system can be enabled or monitored through the FordPass smartphone app or via the truck's infotainment system. If you try to pull too much power, the system disables itself and sends you a notification. And on hybrid models, Pro Power will automatically turn on the gasoline engine as needed to ensure consistent power flow without draining the battery. (On non-hybrid F-150s, the engine has to be running for Pro Power to work.)

Surprisingly, the generator system even works while the truck is moving, so you can power your fridge on the way to the tailgate or keep your power tools charged as you drive between job sites. Ford won't comment on how Pro Power use affects fuel economy, but we suspect that keeping power-thirsty items plugged in while driving will lead to a measurable drop in MPG.

When the new F-150 arrives, Pro Power will be available on all grades of F-150—optional on conventional models and standard on all hybrids. Ford expects 17 percent of F-150s will be sold with Pro Power when the redesigned pickup goes on sale this fall.
 
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The F-150 seats up to three in Regular Cab models and up to six in SuperCab and SuperCrew models. ... Vinyl or leather upholstery, front bucket seats, power-adjustable front seats,

  • heated and ventilated front seats,
  • massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats are available.
 

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The PowerBoost hybrid drivetrain will be available with either two or four-wheel drive, and it will be available on every F-150 trim level, from the lowly XL to the glitzy Limited. We don't yet know which cab styles will be involved, but don't be surprised if the PowerBoost is limited to the F-150's four-door Super Crew crew-cab body style.

What does this mean, exactly? Well, with 2.4-kW generator, you can run an electric jack hammer and a compact concrete mixer, at the same time, for 85 hours on a single tank of fuel. And the monster 7.2-kW generator is capable of running a 120-volt plasma cutter, 120-volt TIG welder, chop saw, 1.5hp air compressor, angle grinder, and work light—simultaneously—for 32 hours. Gone are the days of overloading your truck's single 120-volt outlet simply by trying to charge a laptop.

Fortunately, you won't have to wait too terribly long to have a hybrid Ford F-150 of your very own. Ford says that 2021 F-150 production will being in the fall of 2020, and we suspect PowerBoost hybrid models will be available on dealer lots before the end of the calendar year.
 

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The Max Recline seats will probably be bound to models that start around $50,000.

Now, not every 2021 F-150 will have Max Recline Seats available as an option. The feature is currently limited to the luxurious King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trim levels. And we don't know the price of this feature, or if it will be bundled into any required optional packages.

While it won't help you get any more comfortable for your nap, the Interior Work Surface is another noteworthy interior features of the F-150. Thanks to the truck's power fold-down shifter, the F-150's center console forms a flat area that's the perfect place to throw a laptop down to type up a quick invoice or check email. It's available in models with a front bench seat, as well.

What is the difference between King Ranch and Limited?
Both the King Ranch and the Platinum come standard with a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine good for 395 horsepower and 400 lb. -ft. ... Once you hit the Limited, Ford swaps the V8 for a 3.5-liter Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 capable of producing up to 375 horsepower and 470 lb.
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3. You Can Run It All Night
Say you want to park somewhere remote and use the truck to power that camper. The hybrid 2.4-kW system will run for 85 hours on a full tank of gas at maximum load of 2,400 watts. The 7.2-kW system will go for 32 hours under the same max load conditions. If you’re not using all of those 7,200 watts, the system will continue for much longer, the company said. Normally, any Ford truck left idling and undisturbed will turn itself off after 30 minutes, according to Ford, via the built-in automatic idle shutdown function. But the generator mode disables this function, allowing it to go much longer, provided there’s at least a 400-watt draw on the system. So as long as the system detects that it’s powering something, the truck will continue to run.

4. You Can Control It With Your Phone
The FordPass app for smartphones allows you to both monitor and even control the Pro Power system. You can see what the load is on each circuit, if the system is activated and more, from anywhere that you have connection. If you want to control it, however, you have to be within the truck’s onboard Wi-Fi range of about 30 feet. From that range, you can turn things on and off, and adjust as necessary. Wake up sweaty in the middle of the night and feel the need to activate your camper’s air conditioning unit? With the FordPass app and the truck connected, you won’t even have to get out of bed to power everything up and get the cool air flowing.

5. Safety Is Built-In
Of course, all kinds of questions pop up when you’re thinking about leaving your truck running all night next to your camper, even if you are well out in the woods. Is it safe? Can someone just open the door and make off with the truck (with me in the trailer)? What happens if there’s a short or a fault? Ford’s secure idle and utility idle functions come into play here, meaning the truck can be left to idle and be locked. So no worries about plugging it into the camper and going to bed — the truck isn’t going anywhere. If the system detects a ground fault, it immediately shuts off, giving the user the option to reset the system via the interior console touchscreen or the FordPass app. If it detects a critical fault somewhere in the system, it will disable itself and require a trip to a dealer for diagnosis, also notifying the owner via warnings on the screen and phone app.

We don’t yet know how much the new system will cost, either as a stand-alone option for the 2.0-kW system on the gas trucks or the 7.2-kW upgrade for the hybrid. We don’t even know how much the F-150 hybrid itself will cost; details like this will be known when we get closer to the truck’s on-sale date later this fall. But we can tell you this much: We can’t wait to try the system for ourselves.
 

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There is no concrete number on the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid cost as of yet. We do expect that the Hybrid F-150 price will be slightly higher than the lower trim levels such as the XL or XLT. If we follow Ford fashion with their Hybrid vehicles, the Hybrid with likely be its own trim level. All of this would estimate the starting price to be around $43,000. If the hybrid is not a separate 2021 F-150 trim, we aren't completely sure which trim levels the new hybrid Ford will be available on but we suspect that the lowest trim the hybrid configuration would be offer on is the 2021 F-150 Lariat. We hope that there will be a 2021 Ford Raptor Hybrid model as well because the combination of a separate electric motor in combination with the gasoline engine has been known to increase horsepower and torque; which would be quite a sight to see.

As you may have guessed, there isn't much news about the Ford F-150 Hybrid mpg yet. Initial reports suggested that the F-150 Hybrid would be a PHEV and have an all-electric range of more than ten miles, but enthusiasts were hoping this number gets bumped up after more testing. After this news spread, Ford confirmed that the F-150 Hybrid would not be a Plug-In Hybrid but a normal hybrid and will share the hybrid transmission seen in the Ford Explorer Hybrid. The Explorer Hybrid gets around 450-500 miles out of its 18-gallon fuel tank (23-27 city/26-29 highway/25-28 combined). If the F-150 Hybrid keeps the standard fuel capacity between 23-36 gallons (standard-extended range), and achieves a similar fuel economy to the Explorer Hybrid, we could see a fuel range up to 644 miles on the F-150 Hybrid; or closer to 1,000 miles if Ford offers an extended range option.

While a 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid will likely cost customers more up front than the entry-level F-150s, the cost-savings make up for the difference. Operational costs and fuel expenses should all be reduced as the owner continues to drive the hybrid pickup. Fuel economy alone, the F-150 Hybrid should improve city MPG by around 23%. This will translate into some pretty noticeable fuel pump savings.
 

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2021 Ford F-150 vs. 2020 Ford F-150
2021 Ford F-1502020 Ford F-150
Engines3.3-liter V63.3-liter V6
2.7-liter twin-turbo V62.7-liter twin-turbo V6
3.0-liter turbo-diesel V63.0-liter turbo-diesel V6
3.5-liter twin-turbo V63.5-liter twin-turbo V6
3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid5.0-liter V8
5.0-liter V8
Transmissions10-speed auto6-speed auto
10-speed auto
DrivelinesTwo-wheel driveTwo-wheel drive
Four-wheel driveFour-wheel drive
Maximum towingTBD13,200 pounds
Maximum payloadTBD3,270 pounds
Length (Crew Cab, 2WD)231.7 in231.9 in
Width (Crew Cab, 2WD)79.9 in79.9 in
Height (Crew Cab, 2WD)75.6 in75.6 in
Wheelbase (Crew Cab, 2WD)145.4 in


Whether you're into trucks or not, it's worth noting that even if PowerBoost sales only make up a relatively small percentage of the F-150's annual sales volume, it's possible that this tech could have a bigger impact on America's total fuel consumption than any other new vehicle, including electrics. That's in part because full-size trucks are so thirsty by nature, and partially because Ford sells so many -- the automaker shifted nearly 900,000 units last year.

It's tempting to conclude that the 2021 Ford F-150 boils down to more evolution than revolution. That notion makes sense considering the last-generation truck's radical leap into aluminum construction and engine downsizing. Plus, Ford's F-Series models have often had major step changes followed up by generations that simply refine a theme. This alternating innovate/iterate cycle has been key to F-150's reliability, familiarity and profitability.

The truth with this new generation lies somewhere in the middle, however.

While the 2021 Ford F-150's appearance at first looks like it could be midcycle facelift instead of a generational change, major infusions of new tech, including the PowerBoost hybrid hardware, Pro Power OnBoard, OTA and Active Drive Assist are not only bold new features for the class, they help set the technological table for Ford's upcoming all-electric F-150 which is due in 2022.
 

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B20 is a fuel blend of 20 percent low-carbon biodiesel with petroleum diesel. The Ford F-150 joins the F-250/350/450 Super Duty and F-650/750 medium duty trucks as well as the Transit van to round out Ford's strong line-up of diesel models supporting the use of B20 biodiesel blends.
 

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While the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid have a revised version of the familiar torque-split system that was used on the C-Max and Fusion (and older Escape), the other primarily rear-wheel-drive vehicles do it different. In those other vehicles, a new modular hybrid system built around a 10-speed automatic transmission—essentially adding a motor unit to the input end of the transmission, plus a disconnect clutch at its hub that allows combinations of engine and motor for acceleration or regenerative braking.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid, going on sale later this summer, is the first to feature this system, and it will be followed later this fall by the first plug-in hybrid application (for the U.S.), in the Lincoln Aviator Plug-In Hybrid. At the launch of the 2020 Explorer last week, we had the opportunity to get a talk-through of the hybrid system, while walking around a cut-out view of how it all fits together.

Scalable engine and motor. In the Explorer Hybrid, Ford chose a 3.3-liter naturally aspirated (non-turbo) V-6, and a 35-kw (44-hp) electric motor that can provide 221 pound-feet of additional torque.

Flexible production. The whole hybrid “transmission” is made alongside Ford’s 10-speed automatic and shares about 90 percent of its parts with it. The hybrid unit has the same lug spacing as the non-hybrid transmission and only adds 6.3 inches of overall length versus the non-hybrid unit. In sum, Ford could go big with these hybrids if demand (or regulation) pulls.

Focused on capability. While many hybrid systems get rid of a torque converter, since you have the torque of an electric motor to get the vehicle moving and help smooth shifts, Ford has opted to keep it, mainly to keep the towing, hauling, and maximum-performance capabilities of the vehicles it’s installed into. Ford didn’t consider a lighter-duty version of this system, it says; instead, that’s the point of the power-split system in the Escape.




Ford modular hybrid system details

Ford modular hybrid system details

Comprehensive heat management.
Both the battery and the power electronics are actively cooled, with the same circuit. Ford has incorporated a heat-transfer system with a cool plate and coolant loop underneath the battery. A chiller can use the electric A/C to cool the system when needed. Thermal management applies to the motor as well, where transmission oil helps cool the windings.

More engine off.
Ford is opting for resistive heat on plug-in hybrid versions of this modular system but conventional engine heat on hybrids. Thanks to an exhaust-heat recovery system that takes waste heat from the exhaust and puts it back into the coolant, the engine warms up quickly and there’s almost no additional running of the engine just to warm the coolant.

Power take-off!
As Ford has already announced, the F-150 will come with a power take-off that will help power tools or temporary installations. Those overseeing the project made clear that's part of the modular approach, and it's possible to add the system to any of the other hybrids without redesigning the system or its power electronics. “We see customers putting portable generators in the bed of their truck,” explained Gitanji McRoy, Ford’s manager for hybrid powertrain systems. “Hybrid technology can help deliver that, without having to buy that extra device and without having to take up the cargo room that it does.”
 
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Ford will offer the hybrid powertrain on crew cab models only

2021 Ford F-150 Price & Trims
Ford will continue to offer the F-150 with six trims (for now). At this stage, though, it’s too early to tell what trims will get what equipment as standard. Here’s what we do know, though, ahead of the truck's Fall 2020 release.

The F-150 XL will continue to serve as the base model. It comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and a wider range of active safety equipment than the 2020 model. Ford hasn’t released an engine roster for any of its trims yet, but the Power Boost hybrid will be available on every version of the F-150. Beyond that, we expect this truck to retain the engine roster of the current F-150 XL, which includes every option but the 3.0-liter turbodiesel. Prices will likely start between $30,000 and $36,000, depending on body style.

The F-150 XLT will retain its position as the volume trim. It comes standard with the 8.0-inch display, but the larger 12.0-inch touchscreen is available as an option. It should continue to offer every available powertrain, as the current XLT does. As with the 2020 model, the 2021 XLT will offer a number of aesthetic changes to separate it from the workman-focused XL model. Prices should start between $36,000 and $41,000, depending on body style.

The F-150 Lariat is where owners start to get into more luxurious options. The Lariat model will remain the most versatile trim, with the most upholstery options and exterior trim choices. Prices will likely kick off between $43,000 and $46,000, and like today’s Lariat, the next-gen trim will only be available in SuperCab or SuperCrew body styles.

Ford will continue to offer the F-150 with six trims (for now)
The F-150 King Ranch is what happens when you ask for a truck with all the leather. Possibly the most impressive cabin finish, every possible surface seems to feature cowhide, with more than a few references to the truck’s eponymous ranch in Texas. Expect prices to sit around $54,000 for this truck.

The F-150 Platinum elevates the Lariat with a great emphasis on luxury and comfort. It’s also the stage at which the F-Series really starts to shake off its rugged look in favor of a smarter, more polished style. As with the current Platinum, the new model will only be available with the SuperCrew body and its four full-size doors. Prices should kick off around $56,000 to $58,000.

The king of the hill is, of course, the F-150 Limited. As with the King Ranch and Platinum, it’s only available with the largest cab, the SuperCrew, and it features just about every possible piece of equipment Ford can think to offer. You won’t find one of these trucks with an MSRP less than $69,000.

  • Ford F-150 XL: $30,000 - $36,000
  • Ford F-150 XLT: $36,000 - $41,000
  • Ford F-150 Lariat: $43,000 - $46,000
  • Ford F-150 King Ranch: $53,000 - $54,000
  • Ford F-150 Platinum: $56,000 - $58,000
  • Ford F-150 Limited: $68,000 - $69,000
  • Ford F-150 Hybrid: $35,000 - $73,000
Every trim and powertrain option should be available when the 2021 F-150 launches in the fall of 2020.
 
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I read this as Pro Power Onboard is unavailable on diesel.


The PowerBoost model comes standard with Ford's new 2.4-kW Pro Power Onboard generator; a 7.2-kW generator is available as an option.

On trucks equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, and 5.0-liter V-8 engines, a 2.0-kW generator is available. All of the onboard generators are fitted with dual 120V 20A outlets in the bed, and the 7.2-kW generator has two additional 120V 20A plugs and a 240V 30A outlet.

Some useful productivity features have been added to the 2021 F-150 for those who use their trucks on the job. Inside is an available fold-down flat work surface so owners can use their laptop or eat a meal comfortably in the truck. The shifter folds down and then the top of the center-console armrest folds down to create a flat work surface. Also available on only the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models are max recline seats that fold with nearly 180 degrees of recline so owners can take a snooze.
 

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The truck also uses the new powertrain to provide 120 and/or 240 volt outlets in the bed to provide power for work or fun. It is unclear whether the 1.5 kWh battery is powerful enough to provide power without the engine running.

Conclusion
The thing that really shocked me after reviewing this announcement is how conservative it was. Sure, Ford added a few fancy features, but don’t they realize the threat to their business the Tesla Cybertruck is?

Before the shutdown of the economy forced Ford into reporting huge losses in the 1st quarter (while Tesla was able to remain profitable), I heard analysts explain that Ford makes all of its profits on the Ford F-150. That means the combination of all of Ford’s other products combined lose money in good economic times like 2019. So, Ford has to realize it is important to get this right. Recent history is filled with companies like Ford that dominated their markets — like Ford dominates the pickup market in the United States — but failed to recognize a competitive threat from an innovative, faster moving company.
 
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What recreational purposes does the PowerBoost hybrid serve or prohibit? I doubt the system is intended to accept solar panels. I find no mention of an external connection.

The battery is so small that I think the PowerBoost system is designed to be a mobile, gas-powered generator. My guess is the battery function has more to do with regenerative braking, than anything. Furthermore, to Protect the engine from extended periods of low idling, which is abusive. The hybrid design is certainly not orientated towards significantly improving gas mileage

The battery is not recharged from a 110V or 220V source, which might place limits on maximum battery capacity. Batteries are expensive, heavy and occupy space.

My guess is the recreational use of the PowerBoost system is intended to help drivers tow a heavy trailer or boat. The two outlets are intended to power home appliances like a large TV, large refrigerator or powerful induction stove.

I remain unconvinced that the battery is very applicable for my recreational purposes. The hybrid design does not benefit me with city driving mileage, either. The hybrid functionality should be programmable to service a wider variety of recreational uses.

Another peculiar aspect is tank size is related to cabin size. The largest tank is 30.5 gallons. This seems to be a competitive feature with Tesla battery range. Tank size might be directly related to the duration of electrical power supply, so this feature should be carefully considered.

The base 4x4 model probably provides the highest cost-benefit ratio. Replace the seats with aftermarket lay-flat seats to avoid the exhorbitant King Ranch trim costs, that provide little benefit. Convert the center rear cab area with cabinets for electrical appliances, e.g., heaters, microwave and refrigerator. The rear seats should be removed to allow for water storage.

The PowerBoost provides low hybrid benefit. PowerBoost does not appear to accept solar panels. The Pro Power Onboard feature strikes me as a mobile, gas-powered generator, rather than a high capacity battery system. The Pro Power Onboard feature is a large benefit, but clearly suboptimal for my recreational purposes.
 
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Space Layout
Considerations
  1. Airbags - may prevent seats from being removed or replaced due to electronic connection
    1. Front, Driver and passenger
    2. Front, Driver and passenger seat-mounted side Front, Driver and Passenger knee
    3. Safety Canopy®side curtains
  2. FUEL CAPACITY 3.5-liter PowerBoost
    1. 30.6 gallon fuel capacity
  3. BODY Styles: Regular Cab, SuperCab, SuperCrew®
    1. Styleside (truck bed length)
      1. 5.5-ft, 6.5-ft, 8.0-ft.
      2. 6.5 foot for bikes and tent camper sleeping.
  4. Trim levels:
    1. XL, XLT, LARIAT, King Ranch®, Platinum, Limited
      1. XLT: also offers front bucket seats with heating and power adjustments
      2. Lariat: A Bang & Olufsen premium sound system is also available
      3. King Ranch: heated and ventilated seating is standard
    2. https://www.caranddriver.com/research/a32811419/ford-trim-levels/
  5. Wheelbase: 122, 141, 145, 157, 163
  6. INTERIOR DIMENSIONS (INCHES UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
    1. Headroom: 40.8
    2. Legroom
      1. Front 43.9
      2. Rear: Regular Cab N/A, SuperCab 33.5, SuperCrew 66.0
    3. SuperCrew sleep length is 109 inches total
  7. 6.5-foot Styleside dimensions
    1. Length 78.9
    2. Width between wheelhouses 51.1
    3. Inside height 21.4
    4. Cargo box volume 62.3 cubic feet



 
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BikeMike

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Keep in mind that only certain cab and bed configurations are available with each trim. For example, the Limited trim only comes with the SuperCrew cab and 5.5-foot bed.

XL
The XL is the base option, but it has some pretty non-basic features including a backup camera, automatic high beams, and a suite of active safety features. Drivers looking for a work-focused truck like the XL option because it's trimmed down to meet basic needs and offers a low starting MRSP. If you go for the SuperCrew cab, you'll have seating for up to six people.

XLT
The F-150. Once your XLT trim upgrades several of the basic interior and exterior features of theXLT order arrives, it'll sport alloy wheels, the Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Opt for the vinyl bench seat so you can easily clean the inside of this truck. If you want more luxury, the XLT also offers front bucket seats with heating and power adjustments. Safety upgrades with this trim include available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warnings.

Lariat
According to Car Buying Strategies, the Lariat trim is the best option for most drivers because it's a great middle-ground between luxury and performance. It comes with an EcoBoost engine, leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a touchscreen display larger than the XLT's. A Bang & Olufsen premium sound system is also available on the Lariat. Lastly, drivers who need strong performance but also spend a decent amount of time on the road will enjoy the ride and capability of the Lariat.

King Ranch
An upgrade to the King Ranch trim will provide several perks inside and out. To start with, heated and ventilated seating is standard, along with a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and ambient lighting. The King Ranch option is ideal for drivers who want interior comfort and style as well as a lower price point than the top F-150 trims.

Platinum
Cars.with says the Platinum trim offers more power and safety than the lower-trim options. With a combined fuel economy of 21 miles per gallon, this trim level doesn't sacrifice efficiency for strength. Its polished aluminum 20-inch wheels and chrome exterior accents are sure to turn some heads. Other upgrades on the Platinum trim include rain-sensing windshield wipers, a BoxLink Interface system, power-deployable running boards, and LED fog lights.

Limited
If you want top-notch power and luxury in one comfortable and convenient combination, check out the Limited trim. It offers up to 450 horsepower, along with a dual-panel sunroof and leather upholstery. Other features include 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, a 360-degree view camera, and adaptive cruise control.

Raptor
Kimber Creek Ford notes that the Raptor is a stand-alone trim, as it's much different from the other options and is mostly focused on performance. Equipped with a super powerful EcoBoost V-6, this trim pumps out a class-leading 510 pound-feet of torque. While the Raptor includes some of the same upgraded amenities found in the other upper trims, it isn't equipped with tech features like ambient lighting or automatic climate control. However, it does offer features like the Terrain Management System with selectable drive modes and a Torque-on-Demand transfer case, making it a better performer than other trims.