One of the most remarkable aspects ofis the option to equip it with a generator to power tools ( ). Ford's decided that it can use this neat trick to who are suffering without power after winter storms caused widespread outages all over the state.
According to a report published Thursday by Automotive News, Ford has asked dealers in Texas to loan out their stock of F-150 PowerBoost hybrid models -- some 415 trucks in all -- to help homes and businesses. It's even altered its loaner program to make that process more straightforward.
Specifically, Ford is upping its loaner fee paid to dealers by $600 to help incentivize them, and it's also assured dealers that the trucks can still be sold to customers as part of a March Truck Month promotion.
Currently, all of Ford's gasoline-powered F-150 models can be ordered with the 2-kilowatt generator option, aside from the base V6. Hybrid models get a 2.4-kW generator as standard and a 7.2-kW system can be optioned.
Obviously, 415 generators aren't going to make a meaningful dent for the whole state, but it's nice to see Ford encouraging its dealers to help out. Now, if only government officials down there would take a lesson from Boucherville, Quebec, and get some diesel locomotives connected to the grid to act as giant generators. That's some serious juice.