Ford F-150 Lightning Powers Florida Man’s Cooking, Lights, Fridge, Entertainment During Hurricane Ian

Ford F-150 Lightning Powers Florida Man’s Cooking, Lights, Fridge, Entertainment During Hurricane Ian

The F-150 Lightning owner who used his Lightning when his power was out is Westley Aaron Ferguson. He used his electric Ford pickup truck to power his and his family’s refrigerator, lights, fans, TV, electric stove burner, record player, and speakers — and probably more.

As the picture on the bottom right shows, the battery was still at 95% charge and the AC inside the truck was set to 69°F.

The pictures are almost out of an ad for Ford. At first, I wondered if he had used Ford market pictures. Though, it turns out he is a photographer and Associate Creative Director at Elegant Seagulls, with clients ranging from ESPN to Netflix to Airbnb.

Westley also brought us back in time a bit, or at least used technology some of us remember from the 2000s, 1990s, and perhaps even earlier to enjoy some entertainments during the storm without WiFi.

Haha, vinyls are quite amazing when you have no internet or cell service!

Westley even had some time to call out some counterproductive and misinformed anti-EV fear-mongering during the hurricane.

Imagine having compassion for those whose homes and lives were destroyed from a category 4 storm. Instead, you tweet about what kind of cars Floridians drive when they are facing a disaster 🙄

A Ford exec was happy to join in on the fun as well and offered a little pun in response to Westley’s tweet.

One person asked how long Westley thought he’d be able to run his house on the Lightning, a question many were surely wondering. Naturally, not knowing how long they’d be without power (it could be hours or it could be days or weeks), the most logical thing was to only use the Lightning to power essentials. Also, Westley did not have the vehicle-to-home (V2H) setup Ford is offering in partnership with Sunrun. As you can see below, though, they used ~10% of the truck’s power in one day, so he assumed they could have used the truck like that for 8–9 days if the grid power had stayed out that long.

We currently only have essentials plugged in. We are not running the A/C. We used about 10% on day 1, so my guess is if I let it go to 10%, I can go about 8-9 days at this rate. It would be less if it was powering the whole home. I’m pretty impressed how much we can power though!

that’s a great question, we don’t have the setup for that currently since we are moving. Hopefully I never have to test that, but for now, our power just kicked back on and it was nice to have the truck for the 2 days we didn’t have power.

In the end, he just had to use the truck to power their electric stove, fridge, fans, lights, and entertainment for two days. The truck surely must have felt priceless in those days, though!

Looking at Westley’s Twitter timeline, just a couple of days before Hurricane Ian hit, he was having plenty of fun with the young F-150 Lightning in other ways. He got plenty of double-takes at the airport when loading up the giant Mega Frunk with luggage …

… and he went back to the future against a DeLorean on his way to Universal Studios in Orlando.

What a week! With his luck, and his photography skills, we’ll have to check in with Westley down the road to see what other kinds of adventures he gets into with his Lightning!

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