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Are you getting a Ford Charge Station Pro charger?

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I will only use the Charge Station Pro to charge the truck, I have other backup power solutions in place at my house already.
 

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Do you think it’s worth it to use the truck as a back up or is it simpler to use batteries for storage?
I have a 14.4KWH of emergency stand-by UPS power to the house through a 10 circuit load side smart transfer switch, it is good enough, giving me enough fail-over coverage to plan when I'll connect a natural gas fired 12KWH generator to the house for topping off the battery packs as needed until the grid has been restored. I'm looking into PV panels for the roof but that is a later project.
 

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Do you think it’s worth it to use the truck as a back up or is it simpler to use batteries for storage?
It depends how much storage you want. Someone looked into buying a comparable amount of Powerwall storage and found that if you get the Lightning it's like getting a truck for free with the storage.

Remember, the truck can only provide electricity when it is home. The best bet for long backup storage is probably one battery plus the truck.
 

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I'm blessed to live in a part of the continent not afflicted by hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms or heavy snow. I can't remember the last time we had a power outage more than a few minutes long. At least a decade, maybe two.

Minimal need for truck as battery so I'll use the 240V 32A supplied charger at home. It's a rare day that I'm not parked by 6 pm or out the door next morning before 6 am. With at least 12 hours available each day the level 2 charger will be plenty.
 

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I see the validity for a few for this 'feature', which is basically an automated 'switch over' of truck battery power to an inverter and to the home's main panel ... yes, some will definately see more power outages as a 'normal' element of where they live, or their utility infrastructure, or are much more concerned about 'whether' coming into play - the rest of us probably can easily use the much more cost-effective 240v 30amp outlet in the bed of the truck, just like using a generator. I think the idea of a 'automatic' switch-over to your home is the draw for this feature Ford has advertised, but the cost is very steep, and the equipment needed is not simple or small.
 
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