Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear is a new concept vehicle that showcases the potential of the electric F-150 Lightning to deliver unmatched off-road performance and versatility. The Switchgear is a performance demonstrator that combines the power, torque, and range of the F-150 Lightning with a customized body, suspension, and tires to tackle any terrain. The Switchgear is not just a concept but a working prototype that Ford engineers use to test and refine the F-150 Lightning’s capabilities.
What is the F-150 Lightning Switchgear?
The Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear is a modified version of the F-150 Lightning, Ford's first all-electric pickup truck. The F-150 Lightning is expected to launch in spring 2024 and will offer up to 563 horsepower, 775 lb-ft of torque, and 300 miles of range on a single charge. The F-150 Lightning will also feature a frunk (front trunk) that can store up to 400 liters of cargo, a powerful onboard generator that can supply up to 9.6 kW of electricity to power tools and appliances, and a smart and connected interior with a 15.5-inch touchscreen and over-the-air updates.
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear takes the F-150 Lightning’s strengths and enhances them with off-road-specific modifications. The Switchgear has a lifted body that increases the ground clearance by 6 inches, a wider track that adds 4 inches to the width, and a longer wheelbase that extends the length by 7 inches. The Switchgear also has a custom front bumper with an integrated winch, a rear bumper with a swing-out spare tire carrier, and a roof rack with a light bar and a retractable awning. The Switchgear’s exterior is painted matte gray with orange accents and Switchgear logos.
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear’s suspension is also upgraded to handle rough terrain. The Switchgear has a Fox coilover system with remote reservoirs and bypass shocks that provide 12 inches of travel in the front and 13 inches in the rear. The Switchgear also has a hydraulic bump stop system that prevents harsh bottoming out and a hydraulic sway bar disconnect system that allows for more articulation. The Switchgear’s tires are 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tires mounted on 17-inch Method Race Wheels. The Switchgear’s brakes are Brembo six-piston calipers with 15-inch rotors in the front and 14-inch rotors in the rear.
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear’s powertrain is the same as the F-150 Lightning’s, but with a different battery pack. The Switchgear has a standard-range battery pack that offers 230 miles of range, instead of the extended-range battery pack that offers 300 miles of range. The reason for this choice is that the Switchgear’s weight is higher than the F-150 Lightning’s, and the standard-range battery pack is lighter than the extended-range battery pack. The Switchgear’s performance is still impressive, as it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and tow up to 10,000 pounds.
Why did Ford create the F-150 Lightning Switchgear?
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is a proof of concept that demonstrates the potential of the F-150 Lightning to be a versatile and capable electric truck. The Switchgear is not intended to be a production vehicle, but a test bed for Ford engineers to explore and experiment with the F-150 Lightning’s features and functions. The Switchgear is also a showcase for Ford customers and fans to see and experience the F-150 Lightning’s performance and technology in a different and exciting way.
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is also a response to the growing demand for off-road and adventure vehicles. According to Ford, the off-road segment has grown by more than 70 percent in the last decade, and the adventure segment has grown by more than 200 percent. The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is a way for Ford to attract and engage these customers, and to show them that the F-150 Lightning can meet and exceed their needs and expectations.
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is also a statement of Ford’s commitment to electrification and innovation. Ford has invested more than $30 billion in electrification by 2025, and plans to launch more than 40 electric vehicles globally by 2030. The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is a sign that Ford is not just following the trend but leading the change. The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is a vision of what the future of electric trucks can be.
How can you see the F-150 Lightning Switchgear?
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that is not for sale. However, you can see the Switchgear in action at various events and locations nationwide. The Switchgear will be displayed at the 2024 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2024 Chicago Auto Show, and the 2024 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Switchgear will also be featured in the 2024 King of the Hammers race in California, the 2024 Easter Jeep Safari in Utah, and the 2024 Overland Expo West in Arizona. The Switchgear will also be available for test drives and ride-along at select Ford dealerships and Ford Performance Centers.
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is a remarkable vehicle that redefines the possibilities of the electric F-150 Lightning. The Switchgear is a testament to Ford’s creativity, passion, and expertise in creating amazing electric trucks. The Switchgear is a must-see for any truck lover, off-road enthusiast, or adventure seeker. The Switchgear is the ultimate off-road electric truck.