Doable battery problem halts Ford F-150 Lightning manufacturing

Manufacturing and shipments of the Ford F-150 Lightning have been stopped, although gross sales proceed.

On Tuesday, Ford spokesperson Emma Bergg confirmed to Inexperienced Automotive Stories a stop-build and in-transit stop-ship order has been given for the F-150 Lightning pickup truck as a consequence of a possible battery problem.

Ford has not disclosed what the potential battery problem is on the time of publishing.

Found throughout Ford’s pre-delivery high quality inspections, the difficulty might have an effect on vans in manufacturing and people on their technique to sellers. The automaker is unaware of any incidents or points affiliate with customer-owned vans right now.

Ford has not issued a stop-sale and Bergg confirmed Lightnings already sitting at sellers awaiting supply will be delivered to prospects as scheduled.

Bergg mentioned the engineering staff is at present establishing the basis explanation for the potential problem, and a timeline hasn’t been given as to when the stop-build and in-transit stop-ship orders will likely be reversed.

“It will depend on how lengthy it’ll take to conduct the basis trigger evaluation,” Bergg mentioned.

The Ford F-150 Lightning was named Inexperienced Automotive Stories Greatest Automotive To Purchase 2023 for its transformative impact on the pickup-truck and electric-car market.

Ford’s electrical pickup truck has acquired three massive worth hikes because it went on sale slightly below a 12 months in the past. The present base worth of $57,869 is almost 40% larger than the unique pricing.

On Monday Ford introduced a brand new battery plant, which is ready to play a key function in making the automaker’s EVs reasonably priced. A part of that announcement included the transition to LFP batteries for some future F-150 Lightning fashions.