Ford Trucks Give Back: How Some People Made It Through Texas’ Winter Storms Using Their Truck Generators

July 21st, 2021 by

Zeck Ford Itasca Texas

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The State of Texas faced perhaps the worst winter in history this past year. Unusually cold temperatures, snow, and ice brought about winter-storm-related and conservation-related power outages, which left Texans feeling not so cozy in their own homes.

But one hero shined through the adversity. It’s a hero so strong, so powerful, and so smart, the superheroes in comic books might balk at it.

It’s a 2021 Ford F-150 and its Pro Power Onboard feature! And if you live near Fort Worth, you can get your own at Zeck Ford in Itasca, just a short drive south.

How the New Ford F-150 Powered Homes

F-150 truck owners in Texas found they were able to power the necessities in their homes during the power outages because of these built-in generators. The Pro Power Onboard system generates between two and 7.2 kilowatts depending on the engine, with the new Hybrid F-150 coming out on top in terms of power.

The Pro Power Onboard systems with the lowest output can generate adequate power for power tools, tailgating cookout components, and other smaller electronic items, while the 7.2 kilowatt output is designed for running lots of equipment simultaneously and can run a crew framing a house!

Plenty of 2021 Ford F-150 trucks have arrived in the Itasca area, but they’re going fast. And it’s special equipment like this generator that make this truck so special. Shop online for an F-150 of your own.

The Story of the Ford F-150 Generator Went Viral!

Several news outlets reported on families who were able to keep their homes comfortable and operable during the power outages in Texas.

In an article by Fox Business, one man described how he had ordered his new F-150 in November 2020, and it had arrived on February 6, 2021, just in time for the winter storm. His home was without power from the grid from Sunday to Wednesday, and he was able to run his truck’s generator up to 12 hours a day. His main mission was to power his refrigerator and freezer so his food wouldn’t spoil, and, of course, to make hot coffee in the morning.

In the same article, another truck owner described how he shared his Pro Power Onboard by plugging in a powerstrip so his neighhors could charge their cell phones and tablets.

And if that wasn’t enough of a heartwarming (and home-warming) tale for you, wait until you hear what Ford Motor Company did.

Ford Requests Dealerships Share the New F-150 with Pro Power Onboard

To help Texas as much as possible during the extensive power outages during the winter storm, Ford Motor Company sent a letter to Ford dealers across the state, asking them to lend their F-150 trucks with generators to people without power.

The letter stated, “Our Texas communities need all the support they can get right now. You can make a significant difference in our community by providing assistance during these very tough times.”

How the Pro Power Onboard Generator Could Help You

Here in Itasca, there are so many ways you may benefit from having a truck with a generator. Think about all the times it could come in handy!

  • Surviving power outages
  • Cooking and entertaining while tailgating at the Chiefs game
  • Powering your campsite
  • Running power tools during outdoor renovations, like landscaping and building decks
  • Charging devices while you’re away from home
  • Testing appliances and other electronics you buy via online ads
  • Throwing a birthday party in the park
  • Hosting open houses as a real estate agent
  • Operating your own mobile car detailing company or other mobile service
  • And more!

With a powerful, portable generator on your side, think of what you could accomplish.

Wondering Where to Buy a 2021 Ford F-150 Near Fort Worth?

For transparent, no-haggle pricing; non-commissioned salespeople; and even used cars and used Ford F-150 trucks, visit Zeck Ford on East Main Street in Itasca. See our large inventory of brand-new Ford pickups, including those with Pro Power Onboard, and take one for a spin around town. Compare the 2021 Ford F-150 XLT, the 2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch, and every other trim line in person, at our Ford dealership, so you can find what you love.

Your personal shopper will help you get acquainted with the truck’s features and let you put it through its paces. Then, when you’ve made your decision, our trade-in appraiser and finance department will help you process your auto loan. You could even leave the very same day with keys to your new truck.

Call us to schedule a test drive, or email us to start our online buying process. We can’t wait to see what you look like sitting in the driver’s seat of a new Ford F-150 in Itasca, Texas.

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