In a recent Ford F-150 Lightning off-roading and motorsport adventure, the vehicle was seen charging Taiga Orca electric jet ski. It is not only the electrifying automobile industry but also the ground and water transportation. That is where the compatibility and facilities are being improved.
Off-road vehicles are meant to be enjoyed in nature, and it’s a bummer to be burning fossil fuels in those beautiful environments while polluting them with loud noises made by internal combustion engines. There’s a great opportunity to electrify those vehicles and create better motorsport and off-roading experience. There are many reported several of those electric vehicles, like the Taiga Orca electric watercraft. Now, there is an interesting look at how you can make the whole ownership experience zero-emission with an electric pickup truck.
Sylvain is a longtime EVangelist and charging station distributor. He is also likely the first person in the world to have both an electric pickup truck, the Ford F-150 Lightning, and an electric jet ski – the Taiga Orca – or really any electric motorsport vehicle.
Over the last few weeks since he has had both electric vehicles, he has been using his Lightning to tow his Orca to some beautiful spots on the Saint-Maurice river here in Quebec. He is probably one of the first people in the world to be able to go virtually anywhere on a jet ski without creating any emissions, especially since he charges his electric pickup truck with solar energy. One of the coolest things about owning both a Ford F-150 Lightning and a Taiga Orca is that Sylvain is able to charge the electric jet ski with his electric pickup truck, even when driving.
Using Ford’s bidirectional charging technology, Sylvain is able to charge into a 240-volt outlet in the bed of the truck with an EV charging station. He can then connect the J1772 connector to the Taiga Orca, and it is going to charge up to 6.4 kW. Inside the truck, it is visible, the output in the Pro Power Onboard setting, which manages the vehicle-to-everything capacity of the F-150 Lightning. Then there is the output of 7 kW across two phases, which means that there’s some loss getting to the electric watercraft, but it is still nice to be able to charge on the road. At this rate, it takes about two hours to fully charge the Orca. Electrek went to have a bite to eat and check out some cool other electric vehicles that Sylvain has (more on that soon).