Ford patents energy retailers in roof rails


Ford has submitted a patent software for energy retailers built-in into car roof rails, which the automaker believes might dwelling in useful whereas tailgating or tenting.

Filed with the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) January 12, 2021, and printed July 14, 2022, the appliance describes a reasonably simple setup. Energy retailers are added to roof rails, protected by detachable covers, and linked to an influence supply within the car.

Ford roof rail power outlet patent image

Ford roof rail energy outlet patent picture

Ford appears to view this as a great function for tailgating or tenting, as each are talked about a number of occasions all through the appliance. The automaker suggests the whole lot from smartphones and laptops to moveable heaters and lights could possibly be plugged into roof rails to make out of doors gatherings extra hospitable.

Use of automobiles to energy digital gadgets will possible enhance with the continued rise of hybrids and EVs. Ford already presents built-in retailers for the beds of the PowerBoost hybrid and all-electric Lightning variations of the F-150 pickup truck, with the Lightning even capable of cost different EVs or present emergency backup energy for houses, the automaker claims.

Ford roof rail power outlet patent image

Ford roof rail energy outlet patent picture

Different automakers additionally supply methods to energy your gadgets. Mitsubishi has supplied this functionality on the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid for a while, and Hyundai included it as a part of its E-GMP devoted EV platform. However no automaker has put retailers within the roof rails of a manufacturing car to date.

It is price emphasizing a patent software doesn’t represent agency plans for manufacturing; automakers usually file purposes to guard mental property earlier than any manufacturing plans are fleshed out. However one current Ford patent software—for distant engine revving—did translate right into a manufacturing function on the 2024 Mustang, so that you by no means know. Watch this area.


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