Ford F-150 Lightning manufacturing was halted as there have been points with batteries. It isn’t recognized that the automaker positioned the supply of the difficulty. Now, the automaker is resuming manufacturing. It was recognized earlier, nonetheless, some extra particulars usually are not revealed.
The Detroit Bureau stated on the time that Ford was “holding (each manufacturing and cargo) of automobiles” whereas it investigates the difficulty. Though gross sales are nonetheless open, and no motion is being taken for any of the Lightnings which have already been delivered, Ford stated it was “not conscious of any incidences of this difficulty within the area.” The battery difficulty was discovered “in a pre-delivery high quality examine,” in response to the corporate. Ford spokesperson Emma Bergg stated, “We consider now we have recognized the basis explanation for this difficulty. By the tip of subsequent week, we count on to conclude our investigation and apply what we be taught to the truck’s battery manufacturing course of; this might take just a few weeks.” In response to the Wall Avenue Journal, Ford says, “Now we have no motive to consider F-150 Lightnings already in prospects’ palms is affected by this difficulty.”
Now Reuters is reporting that Ford is on monitor to renew manufacturing of F-150 Lightning pickup vehicles on Monday and is recalling 18 of them as a result of a battery cell manufacturing defect. The recall introduced on Friday associated to manufacturing over a four-week interval that started on the finish of final yr. Ford stated it had just lately established “that 18 automobiles containing cells from that four-week interval had made it to sellers and prospects.” Ford stated it should exchange the battery packs in these 18 automobiles however stated it’s not conscious of any fires or any accidents associated to the recall. One truck caught hearth in a holding lot in Dearborn, Michigan, on February 4 and unfold to 2 different vehicles parked close by. The corporate halted manufacturing the following day.
The announcement final Friday stated, “the basis trigger recognized was associated to battery cell manufacturing on the SK On plant in Georgia.” It went on to say a joint investigation involving Ford and SK On had “confirmed the basis causes” and the 2 firms have “carried out high quality actions.” Ford stated Friday it nonetheless has not set a date for resuming deliveries however stated manufacturing is on monitor to renew Monday with a “clear inventory of battery packs.” Ford clearly discovered from the Chevy Bolt battery hearth fiasco of 2021, which took many months to resolve and concerned directions to park the vehicles exterior and restrict charging to 90% or much less. It was a black eye for Chevrolet and LG Chem (now known as LG Vitality Resolution), one which Ford seeks to keep away from.