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Ford pauses production on EV F-150 Lightning due to potential battery issue

Ford has not yet determined when production and shipments on the electric F-150 will resume.


The F-150 Lightning is an electric version of one of Ford’s most popular cars. The electric vehicle first hit the road in the latter half of 2022, and has been in production ever since. However, that will soon come to a pause. Ford has announced that it is halting production and shipments of its F-150 Lightning EV as the manufacturer looks to resolve a potential battery issue.

Ford CEO Jim Farley announced the production and shipment halts of the F-150 Lightning in a statement we spotted in CNBC. Ford began internally investigating the matter when a vehicle showed issues during a quality inspection prior to delivery. While the company hasn’t definitively ruled that the battery is what’s causing issues, that seems to be the likely case. “The team is diligently working on the root cause analysis,” Farley said. He also states that by temporarily halting production and shipments, Ford is “doing the right thing by our customers.”

A blue Ford F-150 Lightning.

Source: Ford

Ford has also shared that it has not confirmed any accidents as a result of the potential battery issue. While the company has paused its production and shipping of the F-150 Lightning for the time being, the company has not issued an order for dealers that already have them on their lots to stop selling them.

While battery issues are never a “good” problem to have with vehicle production, it’s especially concerning for electric vehicles, which lean even heavier on their batteries than gas vehicles.

Ford has put a strong emphasis on its investment in electric vehicles, and the F-150 Lightning is the company’s first electric pickup truck. Ford has not yet provided a timeline for when it expects production to resume on the Ford F-150 Lightning. For future updates on the story, be sure to visit Shacknews Ford topic page.

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    February 14, 2023 11:30 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Ford pauses production on EV F-150 Lightning due to potential battery issue

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      February 14, 2023 3:04 PM

      Wow, Ford had to stop F-150 Lightning sales and production due to a battery issue:

      Ford F-150 Lightning under a Stop Build, Stop Ship Order

      Ford's F-150 Lightning pickup truck has proved wildly popular in its first year of production, but customers already standing by to get one may have to wait a little longer. The automaker said today that it has detected a potential problem with the EV's battery and has shut down both production of the trucks and shipping of those already built but not yet delivered to dealers. No date has been given for resumption of production.

      The Lightning is built at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, where production started in late April 2022. A Ford spokesperson told Car and Driver that the truck is under a "Stop Build and In-Transit Stop Ship" and explained, "As part of our pre-delivery quality inspections, a vehicle displayed a potential battery issue and we are holding vehicles while we investigate. We are not aware of any incidences of this issue in the field." Motor Authority reported earlier today that F-150 Lightning pickups already at dealerships will be delivered to customers and are not affected by the order.

      For as much shit as we talk about Elon, their investments in battery production really are paying off.

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      February 14, 2023 3:16 PM

      Weird do shacknews posts not show up in the chatty search? i looked for Ford before posting:

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