How to charge Tesla electric vehicles from a Ford F-150 Lightning


The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a revolutionary electric vehicle for many reasons and is changing the minds of many pickup truck owners who previously thought they would never consider an electric truck.

Its massive mega power frunk is a terrific asset for safely storing tools and other cargo, and Ford’s Intelligent Emergency Power System is the first emergency power system of its kind that allows a vehicle electricity to power a home or business during an outage.

Then there’s Ford Pro Power Onboard, a system that lets owners use the truck as a mobile generator, but that feature isn’t unique to the F-150 Lightning. However, Ford is including additional Pro Power Onboard equipment with the Lightning that does not come with conventionally fueled F-150 trucks.

The two additional pieces of equipment are a NEMA 14-50 to NEMA 14-30 adapter and a J1772 to Tesla adapter. This equipment is used to allow Lightning owners to charge other electric vehicles from the vehicle’s 30 amp 240 volt Pro Power outlet in the truck bed.

Ford is also including the Ford Mobile Charger with the Lightning, as they do with the Mustang Mach-E. The Mobile Charger is a 32 amp dual voltage portable charger with adapters allowing the user to use either a standard 120 volt household outlet or a 240 volt NEMA 14-50 outlet to charge electric vehicles.

When charging from a 120 volt outlet, the mobile charger will deliver just over 1kW to the EV, which is a very small amount of power. The vehicle will charge, but it will be extremely slow and only add between 2 and 4 miles of range for every hour of charging, depending on vehicle efficiency.

So if you have an F-150 Lightning and want to use the Pro Power Onboard system to charge another electric vehicle, you’ll probably want to use the NEMA 14-50 adapter that came with the mobile charger, combined with the NEMA 14 – 50 to the NEMA 14-30 adapter and plug it into the Lightning’s 240 volt outlet.

We did this to see how much power the Lightning would provide to a 2021 Tesla Model 3, and how long it would take to add 10% state of charge, or about 30 miles of range.

So watch the video and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Should we start using the Lightning for our 70 moh range tests? Maybe then we won’t have to worry about the issues we encountered in the range test with the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV.


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