With automotive production still greatly impacted by the semiconductor chip shortage – along with various other supply chain issues – automakers like Ford are doing whatever they can to continue to build enough vehicles to meet consumer demand. For The Blue Oval, this has meant producing incomplete vehicles and storing them in various places until those missing parts are available, a practice that the automaker has engaged in for over two years now. Now, Ford Authority has spotted yet another bevy of vehicles sitting around waiting for parts – this time, a host of 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pickups near the Flat Rock Assembly plant in Michigan.
Flat Rock currently produces the Ford Mustang, though it has built various other FoMoCo models since it originally opened back in 1972. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, on the other hand, is produced at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, which is located adjacent to the Dearborn Truck Plant, where the ICE-powered Ford F-150 is built. The Flat Rock plant also happens to be the site where a host of Mustangs – along with four Shelby GT500 models – have been stolen recently, so hopefully these EV pickups won’t suffer the same fate.
This is far from the only lot of Blue Oval models that are quickly piling up at various sites around the state of Michigan, however. As Ford Authority reported last month, a large number of Ford trucks and SUVs remain at the automaker’s plants due to supply shortages – around 40,000-45,000 units total, according to FoMoCo itself. Ford Authority spies captured a number of these so-called “vehicles on wheels” earlier this month, too.
While many of Ford’s production woes stem from the semiconductor chip shortage and various other important components, a number of Ford F-Series trucks are also waiting on something far simpler – Blue Oval badges, as Ford Authority reported in September. Ford gets its Blue Oval badges from a Michigan-based supplier dubbed Tribar Technologies, Inc., which is once again operating at full capacity following an accidental discharge of chemicals into the local sewer system recently.