In West Texas it’s usual to see gas-powered pickup trucks and smoked meat at the Daniel Energy Partners’ annual Permian Basin BBQ cook-off. But this time, workers in the oil and gas industry got to engage with a newcomer: the all-electric F-150 Lightning.
Merge Electric Fleet Solutions brought the aluminum beast to the Permian Basin to kick off its pilot program that gives companies the opportunity to test two F-150 Lightning pickups for 31 days and Merge’s EVSNAPSHOT™ (a proprietary analysis and summary of their existing fleet telematics data), along with access to Merge’s Midland charging hub and other public charging networks.
Chatting over roasted alligator meat and other BBQ treats, attendees learned for the first time about the pickup’s many features, some of which are new to the industry. Merge showcased the frunk by turning it into a cooler filled with ice and non-alcoholic drinks, and the Lightning’s ProPower functionality ran two trailers and the air conditioning units inside.