Ford Is Throwing In An Interesting Accessory With Its F-150 Lightning Trucks – A Charger For Teslas

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Ford F-150 Lightning can power a home or even charge other EVs. They will also have an adapter for charging Teslas, as reported by InsideEVs.

A poster named PipeFitter52 on the Lightning Owners forum reported the surprise inclusion with their new F-150 Lightning. The adapter is a small device that accepts a J1772 plug such as the one on Ford’s portable charger and adapts it to the unique plug design used by Tesla vehicles.

Attaching the Ford Mobile Charger to the Lightning’s onboard 240 V supply needs an adapter in itself. This is to allow the NEMA 14-50R plug to connect to the NEMA L14-30P 240 V outlet in the back of the truck.

The Pro Power Onboard can put out 240V at up to 9.6 kW, which is sufficient to enable the Ford Mobile Charger to run at a 7-kW charge rate. The truck can even be set up to charge itself, though losses through the charging process mean that this will use up the battery rather than giving infinite mileage.

Speaking to Ford, a company spokesperson noted that the aftermarket adapters were included with the first trucks shipped out to allow Lightning owners to “lend a hand if needed.” While some suspected the move to be “trolling” Tesla, that’s not the official position. Ford CEO Jim Farley stated that the included adapters to charge other vehicles were “Not trolling. Just helpful.”

It is a useful thing to have in the back of the truck. Whether it’s a tired Model 3 or any other car with a J1772 port, the F-150 Lightning with the Pro Power Onboard will be ready, willing, and able to deliver the juice.

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