The following are answers to some of the most common questions about charging the Ford F-150 Lightning.
F-150 Lightning Charging Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What charging options are available with the F-150 Lightning?
The Mobile Power Cord, capable of 30 Amps (A) charging on a 240V and 120V outlet, comes standard with the 2022 F-150 Lightning and is an option available for purchase (through your Ford Dealer) with the 2023 model year F-150 Lightning. The F-150 Lightning's extended-range battery and included 80A Ford Charge Station Pro charging equipment (which requires professional installation) provides the fastest home charge, connected features and available Ford Intelligent Backup Power*.
What charge level is recommended for daily driving?
Ford recommends that you charge to 90% for everyday driving and charge 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 standard-range OBC input is 11.3kW and the extended-range dual OBC is 19.2kW. Vehicle onboard chargers limit the amount of power a vehicle can accept during charge events. You should consider your onboard charger capability with the power capability of your charge equipment, as well as the spare power of your home energy circuit, when deciding which is the right home charging solution for you. Visit the F-150 Lightning page for more information.
Does the F-150 Lightning come with a charge cord?
Prior to 2023, the Ford F-150 Lightning included the 30A Mobile Power Cord, which allows you to charge from a traditional 120V or a 240V outlet. This cord is now offered as an option with a vehicle order. The F-150 Lightning with extended-range battery includes the 80A Ford Charge Station Pro as charging equipment. This allows a peak charging power of 19.2kW enabled by the extended-range’s dual onboard chargers, which means a full charge from 15-100% in about 8 hours**. For all F-150 Lightning home charging installation questions and needs, go to Sunrun.com. Professional installation by a qualified electrician is recommended.
Can I use the Mobile Power Cord with a regular 120V outlet?
Yes, you can use the Mobile Power Cord on a 120V or 240V outlet. The 120V allows you to get some charge just about anywhere you can plug in, but it is the slowest way to charge at about two miles on average per charging hour**.
Can the F-150 Lightning charge other Electric Vehicles (EVs)?
Yes, with the Mobile Power Cord and an additional aftermarket adapter (P/N 691944Y sold separately by Parkworld), the Pro Power Onboard feature will allow the F-150 Lightning with the 9.6kW option and F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid with the 7.2kW option to charge other J1772-equipped EVs.
Does the F-150 Lightning come with Blue Oval™ Charge Network access and free 250kWh of Electrify America fast charging?
Yes, the F-150 Lightning will come with three years of Blue Oval Charge Network access and 250kWh of complimentary direct current (DC) fast charging*** at Electrify America (EA) stations. To set up:
Download the FordPass®**** App. Add the F-150 Lightning to your FordPass garage. Visit Ford.com/connectedservices to activate your modem, complimentary three-year access to the BlueOval™ Charge Network, and complimentary 250kWh of EA fast charging.
How fast can the F-150 Lightning charge?
Using a 150kW+ DC fast charger, the standard-range 98kWh pack can charge from 15-80% in about 36 minutes. The extended-range 131kWh pack can charge from 15-80% in 41 minutes**.
What is the charging power for the F-150 Lightning?
The extended-range F-150 Lightning vehicles are both alternating current (AC) and DC adaptable with a 19.2kW onboard charger and are designed to charge quickly on a DC fast charger, allowing a controlled boost up to 155kW. The standard-range F-150 Lightning vehicles are also AC and DC adaptable with an 11.3 kW onboard charger and are designed to charge quickly on a DC fast charger, allowing controlled boost up to 120kW**.
What is the right home charging solution for me?
Go to the F-150 Lightning page to learn more about home charging options and which Ford Charging solutions come with your F-150 Lightning or are available for purchase. Also, visit the Sunrun website to get set up with a local licensed electrician who can provide installation quotes and get your home ready to charge.
How much does it cost to install the Ford Charge Station Pro?
Visit the Sunrun website for more installation information and receive a cost range per installation option. Home charging installation costs cannot be financed with Ford Credit, but you can finance with Sunrun. The Ford Charge Station Pro is included as charging equipment with an extended-range battery. Installation is not included.
Can I use Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power with a competitor solar or battery setup (like Tesla Powerwall)?
In order to do so, the Ford Charge Station Pro would need to be installed with the Home Integration System, which is available through Sunrun. Visit Sunrun’s website to have a local licensed electrician review your current solar or battery setup to see if it is compatible with the Ford Charge Station Pro for the Ford Intelligent Backup Power.
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 35 miles of your vehicle location: your home, a public charge station or an EV-Certified dealer. If beyond 35 miles, Ford will take you to the nearest available option. Ford Roadside Assistance in the US 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.
Can I charge at a 350kW charge station?
Yes. Most Electrify America DC fast chargers can deliver up to 350kW of power, but your Ford all-electric vehicle will only accept up to 120kW or 155kW, depending on if you have the standard-range or extended-range battery, respectively.
Can non-Ford vehicles charge with Ford’s home chargers?
Yes, Ford charging solutions use the J1772 plug, which is the North American industry standard. It works for all-electric vehicles in North America, except Tesla. There is an aftermarket adapter for Teslas to charge on J1772 charge plugs.
What information do I need to provide to my licensed electrician for a home charging installation quote?
Ford recommends working with Sunrun for your home charging installation needs. 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 their 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 page for more information.
When can I start the home charging installation process?
Ford recommends working with Sunrun for your home installation needs, but you can also use your own qualified electrician. If you want to get your home charging installed prior to vehicle delivery, you will have the option to do so.
What is required to get the Ford Intelligent Backup Power working in my home?
In order to get the Ford Intelligent Backup Power installed and working so that your Lightning F-150 will be able to send power to your house during an outage, you'll need the Ford Charge Station Pro and the Home Integration System, which is sold through Sunrun and includes an inverter, microgrid integration device, dark-start battery, and cellular connection.
When can I start the Ford Intelligent Backup Power installation process?
Ford recommends working with Sunrun for your Ford Intelligent Backup Power installation needs. If you want to get your home charging installed prior to vehicle delivery, you will have the option to do so.
Can I use Ford Intelligent Backup Power with my Mustang Mach-E or E-Transit?
Not at this time, but you can charge Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit on the Ford Charge Station Pro.
Note: Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit will charge at the 48A rate even on the 80A charger due to the vehicles’ onboard chargers.
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.
How much does the Home Integration System cost?
Pricing on the Home Integration System will be shared later in 2022.
Back to the F-150 Lightning main page, or visit the F-150 Lightning Charging page for more information.
*When your home is properly equipped, and the home transfer switch disconnects the home from the grid.
**Range and charge time based on manufacturer computer engineering simulations and analytical projection consistent with US 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.