Ford F-150 Lightning owners can receive money by sharing electricity in the North Carolina grid

(Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) Ford’s all-electric F-150 Lightning is displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on November 18, 2021

In an intriguing illustration of how massive electric vehicle batteries could end up taking over local power grids, some North Carolina drivers who own a Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck can receive cash if they share EV power with the local grid.


(Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Ford’s all-electric F-150 Lightning is shown at the Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on November 18, 2021

Partnership between Ford and Duke Energy

Duke Energy serves approximately 8 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. According to a report by Canary Islands MediaDuke Energy has asked state regulators to allow a pilot program for 100,000 drivers in Florida later this year.

Duke Energy’s senior vice president for pricing and customer solutions, Lon Huber, said the two companies share many common customers.

“By working together, we can lower the price of the product for our customers and provide a needed benefit to the power grid,” Huber said in a statement.

Drivers will receive a monthly lease payment reduction of approximately $25 if they agree to return some of the electricity generated by their Lightning to the grid from which it originally came. At the same time, Duke will pay Ford directly.

Additionally, regular attendees of peak events can receive bonuses, with the amount of the bonus depending on how much energy the customer can provide.

Read also: Ford cuts 3,000 people from their jobs as part of its restructuring for ‘clarity and speed’

Prevent climate change, reduce energy prices

Ford used to claim that the Lightning could supply ERs with days of power for a residence. Customers have to buy quite expensive charging equipment, but the capacity is definitely worth the price.

Utility companies can provide electricity during peak hours by offloading energy stored in vehicle batteries into the grid, eliminating more expensive and polluting energy sources, according to Canary Media.

This practice also helps prevent climate change and reduce energy prices. However, to take full advantage of these benefits, a person must act as a link between system-level network operations and drivers, as well as maximizing the cost-benefit ratio for both sides.

Duke Energy aims to fulfill this role for customers.

Last year, when Ford unveiled its electric truck, it cleverly promoted the vehicle’s ability to provide backup power to a home for days at a time, provided consumers work with the home power provider. Sunrun to deploy the necessary charging infrastructure.

Ford’s decision to cooperate with Sunrun, the largest rooftop solar company in the United States, showed that it was aware of how the ideas of decentralized and localized energy and electric vehicles interact.

Ford’s flagship electric vehicle is already sold out in the United States for 2022. Now the automaker hopes to further increase its manufacturing and deliveries of the truck after announcing earlier this month that it had delivered orders of F- 150 Lightning in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.

Related article: Ford EV Production: 600,000 electric cars by 2023, 2 million units by 2026

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