While Ford’s marketing material promotes the Pro Power Onboard as a useful feature for remote job sites, it has proven to be a vital emergency power source for some Texas residents. (Image / Ford)

Texas was particularly hard hit as the severe winter weather beats most of the United States this week. And to connect matters, power grid failures in the Lone Star State left many Texans without heat and electricity.

but Detroit Free Press Some 2021 Ford F-150 owners are using their trucks to power their homes, as reported by other media outlets.

This is because a new option Ford calls “Pro Power Onboard” is available in the 2021 F-150. This feature is basically an integrated electric generator powered by the F-150, feeding multiple 120 VAC / 20A electrical outlets located in the truck bed.

While having typical household power outlets in a vehicle is nothing new, what is notable here is the amount of electricity available. Ford says the Pro Power Onboard delivers more exportable power than any light-duty full-size turntable with up to 7.2 kilowatts of electrical power output depending on the engine and configuration.

Pro Power Onboard is available in 2.7L / 3.5L EcoBoost, 3.5L PowerBoost and 5.0L V8 F-150 models.

Ford had marketed the Pro Power Onboard as a convenient way to provide electricity for a remote construction site, tailgate party or camping trip. Even created this short generator PDF to give you an idea of ​​how this power can be used.

But now the F-150’s Pro Power Onboard seems to be used for a much higher purpose – bringing some comfort to those who achieve it at a difficult time.

(Check out a new F-150 ad below that shows off the capabilities of the Pro Power Onboard feature.)