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NewsFord stops production of its F-150 Lightning

Ford stops production of its F-150 Lightning

  • A potential issue with the battery behind this production halt.

  • The F-150 Lightning is important for Ford’s future EV strategy.

  • For now, Ford is not aware of any other issues regarding this potential problem.


 

Ford had to halt production of its F-150 Lightning pickup truck temporarily earlier this week due to a potential battery pack issue. At least, that’s what Motor Authority discovered in an interview with Ford spokesperson, Emma Bergg.

The spokeswoman confirmed that Ford has halted production of its electric pickup and stopped delivery of all F-150 Lightnings currently in the pipeline after a problem was discovered during a quality control inspection of one of the electric trucks.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning testing in Alaska | Photo : Ford
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning testing in Alaska | Photo : Ford

For now, details surrounding this case are limited, with the automaker unsure how long this procedure will last, or even if this battery trouble has already affected any vehicles currently on the road.

So, in the best-case scenario, we can expect a delay in the delivery of some future pickups. Let’s remember that this is not Ford’s first troublesome experience with an electric vehicle. As recently as last year, the Mustang Mach-E had to be recalled due to a safety defect that could reduce powertrain power.

Earlier this month, Ford CEO Jim Farley complained about problematic product execution, including quality and high costs, as the reason for some of last year’s financial losses.

Let’s just hope for the sake of the automaker and consumers that this battery issue doesn’t become widespread across the full-size pickup’s production, as the F-150 Lightning is a key piece in the Dearborn-based brand’s plan.

This will definitely be an issue to watch in the coming days.

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