Ford has unveiled an exciting new electric pickup F-150 Lightning Switchgear. This custom-built truck is designed for off-road performance, pushing the boundaries of what electric vehicles can do. The F-150 Lightning Switchgear is the latest in Ford’s line-up of electric demo vehicles, joining the Mustang Mach-E 1400 and SuperVan models.
The Switchgear is based on the F-150 Lightning, using the standard electric powertrain but with extensive modifications for rugged off-roading. Two versions were created – one for the street and one for off-road. The off-road F-150 Lightning Switchgear features 37-inch tires, steel bumpers, skid plates and rock rails to handle tough terrain. It also has a wider track width and heavy-duty Fox shock absorbers for stability over bumps. Spare tires are mounted in the truck bed in case of punctures.
Ford sees the Switchgear as a showcase for their EV capabilities and racing heritage. As Jim Farley, Ford CEO said, “Introducing the F-150 Lightning Switchgear. An all-electric pickup built for off-road performance and the latest addition to our EV demonstrator family – pushing the boundaries of what EVs can do.” The truck will debut at the grueling King of the Hammers desert race on January 25th.
While not slated for production yet, the F-150 Lightning Switchgear does preview features that could make their way to regular models. Ford has a history of trying out new designs with their demo vehicles, then refining them for consumers. The Mach-E 1400’s powertrain informed the standard Mach-E GT’s components.
So what’s in store for the Switchgear? Its rugged off-road parts like the bumpers and skid plates seem feasible. The wider track and heavy-duty suspension could also transfer to production trucks. An available off-road package with chunky tires and increased ride height would attract buyers wanting to conquer tough trails.
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear proves electric pickups can tackle any terrain. As Ford expands their EV lineup, expect exciting new options for off-roading. The Switchgear shows the potential for electric trucks to compete with any gas-powered model in performance. For now it’s a one-of-a-kind concept, but the most extreme abilities of the Lightning Switchgear could arrive at dealerships before long.