The Ford F-150 Lightning Continues to Evolve With an Expanding Lineup

March 8th, 2024 by

A white 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning is shown towing a trailer.

If you are looking for a Ford F-150 Lightning for sale near Hayward, we applaud you. It’s not that we love the 2024 Lightning more than any other model in the Ford lineup; it’s just that the Lightning has turned out to be a very unique electric truck. Drivers everywhere love their pickup trucks. Specifically, they love the Ford F-Series, which has been America’s best-selling pickup truck for the past 47 years.

Since joining the lineup in 2022, the Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup has received accolades from various outlets, including North American Truck of the Year, Edmunds Top Rated EV Truck, MotorTrend Truck of the Year, TIME Top 200 Invention of 2022, and 2023 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award. Not only is the Lightning a good and worthy addition to the F-150 lineup, but it is also a good investment. But those aren’t the only reasons we love the Lightning. Take a look at some of the surprises Ford’s EV pickup truck has in store for drivers.

Off-Road Capability, Electric Style

Take, for example, the Lightning Switchgear. Granted, this isn’t a real production model (yet), but it really doesn’t stray too far from a standard production F-150 Lightning. As part of the Ford Performance Demonstrator program, the Lightning Switchgear is very much a dream of a pickup truck. This program allows Ford engineers and designers the ability to stretch their creative limits to discover what electric vehicles really can do and what possibilities there may be for future vehicles.

The Switchgear represents a collaboration between drifter and Ultra4 driver Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s company, RTR Vehicles, and Ford, so it’s outfitted to the hilt for maximum off-road capability. Standing tall on 37-inch tires, this unique F-150 Lightning includes FOX 3-inch diameter internal bypass shock absorbers, independent double-wishbone suspension in front, and a rear multi-link independent suspension. Add coil-over shocks, a stabilizer bar, and custom-designed control arms, and the Switchgear is ready to go just about anywhere.

Interestingly enough, though much of the Lightning was tweaked for better approach and departure angles or articulation over strange terrain, the powertrain and battery are exactly the same as the production F-150 Lightning. With its 131.0-kWh extended-range battery and dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain, the Switchgear is good for 580 hp, 775 lb-ft of torque, and 320 miles of driving range.

There is also allegedly an on-road performance designated Switchgear; however, details about it are much more elusive. According to Ford CEO Jim Farley, “If Porsche has been the dominant brand in road racing, we want Ford to be the dominant brand in off-road racing.” It seems that the current focus of the Ford F-150 Lightning is its off-road prowess, and we look forward to seeing what this electrifying pickup has in store for the future.

A silver 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning is shown driving from a dealer with a Ford F-150 Lightning for sale near Hayward.

The Coming of the Flash

Coming soon to the F-150 Lightning lineup is the Flash, a new trim designed to hit the sweet spot between the XLT and LARIAT models. What we love most about this is that it demonstrates Ford’s willingness to tinker with the lineup to best suit the needs of drivers.

The Flash will include an extended-range battery that is good for 320 miles of uninterrupted driving. A 15.5-inch touchscreen operates an impressive infotainment system, which includes a B&O audio system with eight speakers, a subwoofer, and an HD radio. A wireless charging pad, push-button start, and Approach Detection technology are just some of the offerings that give the Flash more convenience advantages than the Pro and XLT trims.

Marin Gjaja, Chief Operating Officer at Ford Model e is quoted as stating, “The F-150 Lightning Flash is a direct outcome of engaging with and learning from our customers…the Lightning Flash is another example of the speed at which we are adapting to grow our EV business.” This is good news for drivers because Ford continues to listen to customers and learn from their experiences. For a brand as new as the F-150 Lightning, it’s a good thing to see trims and features evolve and change to fit the needs of drivers. This is especially important when the vehicle is a Ford, known for being the ideal truck for many drivers in the US and beyond.

It’s Got All the Right Stuff

While we don’t have full updates on what specific features each trim will sport in 2024, the 2023 F-150 Lightning leaves us thinking there will be a lot to look forward to in each coming year of the Lightning. Furthermore, some of the best things won’t be changing. Standard-range 98-kWh battery packs offer 230 miles of driving range on a full charge. The extended range battery becomes an option at the XLT trim and standard on the Flash and Platinum trims. The standard-range Lightning has the same impressive torque but slightly less horsepower at 452 hp. It’s not quite Raptor-level power, to be fair, but it’s still very impressive and fully appreciated in traffic or at work.

If cargo is important to your commute, the F-150 Lightning has plenty of room for all of it. The Lightning is exclusively available in the SuperCrew configuration. Cargo box volume comes in at 52.8 cu.ft., and the front truck adds 14 cu.ft. of additional storage space, along with additional 120V, USB-A, and USB-C power points. Even more storage space can be found underneath the rear seat.

For those who need to bring along even more equipment, the Ford F-150 Lightning is also adept at towing. With a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 lbs when properly equipped, the Lightning is offered with a variety of available towing equipment to make the process as easy as possible. The Tow Technology Package adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Trailer Brake Controller, Smart Hitch, On-Board Scales, Smart Trailer Tow Connection, and Trailer Reverse Guidance, while Intelligent Range technology helps drivers keep an eye on their range when towing.

A blue 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning is shown from a front view while parked off-road.

The F-150 Lightning Continues to Lead the Electric Truck Pack

When Ford announced an upcoming all-electric F-150, drivers around the world were a bit skeptical. How can a truck do all of the important truck tasks while operating on a battery? The F-150 Lightning demonstrates that an electric truck can go, stow, and tow as well as any other truck on the market today, with plenty of power, cargo space, and hauling capacity. After all, how can a truck wear the Ford F-150 badge if it’s not capable of doing Ford F-150-level work?

Ford is taking great care to make the Lightning a truck that drivers can embrace as enthusiastically as they have the rest of the F-150 lineup. From finding variations and options that suit drivers to making important changes that reflect drivers’ real wants and needs, Ford is clearly invested in Lightning’s long-term success.

As we discover more and more about the F-150 Lightning’s overall versatility, it stands to reason that more and more drivers will fall in love with Ford’s original electric truck, just like we did. Has the F-150 Lightning piqued your interest? Come into The Ford Store San Leandro today and our friendly and knowledgeable team will walk you through our Lightning inventory and show you everything this incredible truck has to offer you and your travels.