Sunrun Is Including Ford F-150 Lightnings To Its Fleet


I used to work within the photo voltaic business, so it’s one thing that’s near my coronary heart. I bought into the business and industrial photo voltaic business (C&I) in 2015.  At the moment, Zimbabwe was going by way of an in depth energy rationing program because the utility was battling to fulfill demand. This was as a result of a number of causes that included growing older coal energy stations and a severe overseas forex scarcity which meant that they’d wrestle to import energy from its neighbours within the Southern African Energy Pool (SAPP). The ability cuts at the moment had been insufferable and sometimes lasted as much as 18 hours a day. That signifies that individuals weren’t solely affected at work through the day but additionally properly into the night peak durations at house and lengthening as much as 11:00pm. We due to this fact seemed into house photo voltaic options coupled with battery storage for backup through the energy cuts.

One of many corporations within the house photo voltaic business that I adopted very carefully and seemed as much as again then (and I nonetheless do so far) was Sunrun. Sunrun is the #1 house photo voltaic firm in America, and due to this fact I adopted them carefully to maintain updated with developments within the house photo voltaic market. Sunrun now has an thrilling partnership with Ford the place it has teamed as much as make vehicle-to-home (V2H) know-how out there to individuals who purchase an F-150 Lightning electrical pickup truck. Sunrun additionally presents electrical car chargers.

As Zach mentioned in his article on Sunrun now providing EV chargers, “On the transportation aspect, we’ve been burning stuff and burning stuff and burning stuff to be able to push massive, heavy automobiles (and ourselves) ahead.” As the vast majority of the world’s car fleet remains to be ICE automobiles, individuals burning stuff to maneuver from A to B consists of corporations concerned within the clear power sector, together with these within the photo voltaic enterprise. I labored in enterprise growth, gross sales, in addition to in technical operations at my outdated job in East and Southern Africa within the photo voltaic sector. In all these roles, one does a whole lot of driving or taking Uber rides all around the metropolis and nation. Most of those automobiles are nonetheless fossil-fuel-powered automobiles and we have to electrify them as quickly as attainable. This is the reason I used to be very excited to learn Sunrun’s newest announcement this week that it has added Ford F-150 Lightnings electrical pickup vehicles to its fleet.

Sunrun has began rolling these F150s throughout the nation and has a objective of transitioning half of its fleet to electrical or hybrid by the tip of 2025.  That is all very thrilling to me particularly since I can relate to it having labored within the photo voltaic business. There’s a entire lot of driving on this business (like in lots of different sectors) to go to prospects on gross sales visits, set up visits, in addition to followup visits for basic operations and upkeep points. In gross sales, the gross sales cycle may be fairly lengthy, particularly within the C&I sector for long-term PPAs. Meaning tens of journeys to see the identical buyer over a protracted interval, together with visits to the engineering website and driving round on different enterprise issues. Photo voltaic corporations adopting EVs for his or her operations with all of the driving they do might be an amazing advert for electrical mobility. They get to fulfill lots of people at their houses and workplaces and might be an amazing channel for EV publicity.

Aside from reducing their transportation emissions, photo voltaic corporations can accomplice with EV corporations simply as Sunrun and Ford have performed in a number of areas throughout the EV and photo voltaic worth chain. Because the penetration of renewables comparable to photo voltaic continues to develop, we’ll get increasingly individuals charging on sunshine, unlocking efficiencies, and decreasing their electrical energy payments for his or her houses in addition to their “gasoline” payments for his or her automobiles.

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