Ford Pauses F-150 Lightning Production Due to Possible Battery Problem
Ford is putting a halt on all F-150 Lightning production due to a possible problem with the electric pickup’s battery, according to a statement from the company on Tuesday, speaking with Motor Authority.
Spokesperson Emma Bergg didn’t disclose any other details of the battery issue in the statement, though she said the stop-shipment order and the production halt was called for at the beginning of last week.
The issue is being investigated by Ford right now, after one vehicle displayed the problem during pre-delivery quality inspections. Ford has yet to create an estimated timeline for production to resume, according to Bergg.
“The team is diligently working on the root cause analysis,” Bergg said. She also added that by halting production, Ford was “doing the right thing by our customers.”
The halt doesn’t include a stop-sale for F-150 Lightning models already being sold at dealerships, and Bergg says the company isn’t aware of any incidents related to the possible battery problem.
The news comes amidst calls from Ford CEO Jim Farley to right the company’s recent “execution issues,” after the automaker announced it didn’t expect its electric vehicles (EVs) to become profitable until 2025.
Farley also said in recent weeks that Ford uses “25 percent more engineers” than its rivals to do the same amount of work, indicating possible considerations of reducing costs and maybe cutting jobs as the company reels from $2 billion in losses in 2022.
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