F-150® Lightning® Charging Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to some of the most common questions about charging the Ford F-150 Lightning. 

Contents

Select a link below to be taken to a specific section of the FAQ:

Charging
Charging Options
Home Charging
Intelligent Backup Power

Charging

Select from the questions below for answers about the F-150 Lightning truck's charging capabilities:

How fast can the F-150 Lightning charge? 

Using a 150-kilowatt (kW)+ Direct Current (DC) fast charger:

  • The standard-range 98kWh battery can charge from 15-80% in about 36 minutes.*
  • The extended-range 131kWh battery can charge from 15-80% in about 41 minutes.*

What charge level is recommended for daily driving?

Ford recommends that you charge up to 90% for everyday driving and charge up to 100% when you need the full range for a trip. 

Charging to 90% helps prolong the life of your battery. 

What is the power of the onboard chargers (OBCs)?

The 2024 F-150 Lightning standard-range and extended-range OBC input is 11.2kW. 

What happens if I run out of charge on the road?

Ford Roadside Assistance can help. You can choose where you would like to have your vehicle towed and recharged within 50 miles of your vehicle's location: your home, a public charge station, or an Electric Vehicle (EV)-Certified dealer. 

If beyond 50 miles, Ford will take you to the nearest available option. 

Ford Roadside Assistance in the U.S. is included with your F-150 Lightning for 5 years/60,000 miles from the warranty start date (whichever comes first), with the option to extend after that.

Which F-150 models can charge other Electric Vehicles (EVs)? 

The following F-150 trucks can charge other EVs:

  • F-150 Lightning with the 9.6kW option
  • F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid with the 7.2kW option

To charge other EVs, you need the following equipment:

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Charging Options

Select from the questions below for answers to the ways you can charge a vehicle:

What charging options are available with the F-150 Lightning?

Currently, the F-150 Lightning has a few recommended options for home charging:

  • Ford Mobile Power Cord (30-amp)
  • Ford Connect Charge Station (48-amp)
  • Ford Charge Station Pro (80-amp)
  • Ford Charge Station Pro with Intelligent Backup Power (80-amp)

Notes: 

  • The Mobile Power Cord can be:
  • The 48-amp Ford Connect Charge Station and 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro can be ordered on the Ford Chargers website.
  • Charger installation can be performed by Ford's charging partner, Qmerit.
  • The Home Integration System needed for Intelligent Backup Power is available through our partnership with Sunrun.

Does the F-150 Lightning come with a charge cord?

The Mobile Power Cord can be ordered as an option with your vehicle.

It can also be purchased on the Ford Accessories website or at your local Ford Dealer.

Can I use the Mobile Power Cord with a regular 120-Volt (V) outlet?

Yes, you can use the Mobile Power Cord on a 120V or a 240V NEMA 14-50 outlet. Using a 120V outlet allows you to charge just about anywhere you can plug in, but it is the slowest way to charge at about two miles of range per charging hour.*

Does the F-150 Lightning come with Blue Oval™ Charge Network (BOCN) access and free 250-kilowatt/hours (kWh) of Electrify America fast charging?

Yes, the F-150 Lightning includes access to BOCN, no matter when you buy your vehicle, with no annual fee. New vehicle purchases receive 250kWh of complimentary Direct Current (DC) fast charging** at Electrify America (EA) stations. 

To set up BOCN access:

  1. Download the FordPass®† App
  2. Add your F-150 Lightning to FordPass.
  3. Activate the modem.
  4. Visit Ford.com/connectedservices.
  5. Activate your access to BOCN and complimentary 250kWh of EA fast charging.

Can non-Ford vehicles charge with Ford’s home chargers?

Yes. There is an aftermarket adapter for Tesla vehicles to charge on J1772 charge plugs.

The Ford Charge Station Pro uses the CCS1 plug. The Ford Connected Charge Station uses the J1772 plug. 

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Home Charging

Select from the questions below for answers about charging at home:

What is the right home charging solution for me?

Go to Ford F-150 Lightning | EV Charging | All You Need to Know to learn more about home charging options and which Ford Charging solutions are available for purchase.

What factors should I consider when choosing a home charging solution?

To find the right charging solution for your home, consider the following:

Your F-150 Lightning's Onboard Chargers (OBCs)

  • OBCs regulate the power your vehicle can accept when slow charging.
  • Your F-150 Lightning may not take full advantage of your charging solution if it is not designed for it.

The Power Capability of Your Charge Equipment

  • Each Ford home charging solution is capable of different charging speeds.
  • Depending on your selected options, your F-150 Lightning may not take full advantage of some charging solutions.

The Spare Power Available on Your Home Energy Circuit

  • Each home is unique.
  • Not all homes support every charging solution.

Visit Ford F-150 Lightning | EV Charging | All You Need to Know for more information.

How much does it cost to install the Ford Charge Station Pro?

Visit the Qmerit website for an online home assessment and receive an automated quote to support the installation of your Ford Charging Solutions.   

How much does the Home Integration System cost?

The Home Integrated System is $3,895 and can be ordered at the Sunrun website.

When can I start the home charging installation process?

Ford recommends you install your home charger before taking delivery of your vehicle. Installation can take time as each home is unique. The time to obtain permits and to install the charging solution may also vary.

Ford’s recommended partner for installation services is Qmerit. You can take a brief survey of your home and get a digital quote for the required installation steps.

Do I need to purchase the Home Integration System now, or can I wait until later? 

You can purchase the Home Integration System through Sunrun when you go through their installation process or separately if you prefer to use your own electrician. 

What information do I need to provide to my licensed electrician for a home charging installation quote?

If you want to use your own qualified electrician, you can provide the Mobile Power Cord or Ford Charge Station Pro installation specification sheet to your electrician to support an installation quote. You will also have the option to purchase the Home Integration System from Sunrun. 

Visit the F-150 Lightning Charging website for more information.

Ford recommends working with Qmerit for your home charging installation needs. 

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Intelligent Backup Power

Select from the following questions to learn about Intelligent Backup Power:

What is required to get the Ford Intelligent Backup Power working in my home?

To get the Ford Intelligent Backup Power installed and working, you will need to purchase and install the Ford Charge Station Pro and the Home Integration System.

The Home Integration System is sold through Sunrun and includes an inverter, microgrid integration device, dark-start battery, and cellular connection.

For the standard-range F-150 Lightning, customers will have to purchase a one-time $500 Intelligent Backup Power activation fee at the Ford Connected Services website.

Can I use Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power with a competitor's solar or battery setup?

Not at this time. 

The Ford Charge Station Pro with Intelligent Backup Power needs to be installed with the Home Integration System, which is available through our partnership with Sunrun. Contact Sunrun directly to discuss the purchase and installation of the Ford Home Integration System at 1-855-341-0237.

Can I use Ford Intelligent Backup Power with my Mustang Mach-E or E-Transit?

Not at this time, but you can charge the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit on the Ford Charge Station Pro.

Note: The Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit will charge at 48 amperes (A) even on the 80A charger due to the vehicles’ onboard chargers. 

When can I start the Ford Intelligent Backup Power installation process?

Ford recommends working with Sunrun to purchase the Home Integration System. Contact Sunrun at 1-855-341-0237 to learn more. 

Additional Information

F-150 Lightning Main Page
F-150 Lightning Charging Page


*Range and charge time based on manufacturer computer engineering simulations and analytical projection consistent with U.S. EPA combined drive cycle. The charging rate decreases as the battery reaches full capacity. Your results may vary based on peak charging times and battery state of charge. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age, and state of health.

**Fast-charging fill-up is defined as a charge event from 15% to 80% state of charge. To qualify for a complimentary charging offer, the modem must be activated within 60 days of purchase through the FordPass app on a smartphone. Complimentary charging expires three years from activation. Offer excludes idle fees and parking fees associated with charging.

The FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available through a free download. Message and data rates may apply.