As Ford Authority recently reported, Ford F-150 Lightning production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center has been on hold for a month now after one unit caught fire in a holding lot that’s used to store vehicles that are awaiting quality reviews before they’re shipped to dealers, prompting an inquiry from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The issue that caused this fire is directly related to the battery itself, which is produced by supplier SK On at its plant in Atlanta and then assembled at the Ford Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti. FoMoCo worked with SK to find a fix, and now, SK On has released a statement addressing the matter, according to The Detroit News.
“We believe this was a rare occurrence, not a fundamental issue with the technology of the battery cells or our overall manufacturing systems,” the supplier said. “Working with Ford, SK On identified the root cause of the issue and implemented measures of improvement in our processes to address the issue.”
SK On has since resumed production at its Georgia-based EV battery production plant and noted that the defect that led to the one Ford F-150 Lightning fire was not a fundamental flaw in its design. The supplier has since made changes to its battery cell production line, and the problem is believed to only impact pickups currently at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center – not any units in the hands of customers or dealers.
Meanwhile, the Ford F-150 Lightning is also affected by another issue that prevents the pickup from shifting into drive and can also cause it to gradually lose power while driving. This problem is believed to affect around 100 total vehicles, though it’s possible that more could be impacted as well.
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OK, but a description from SK On on why this particular crop of batteries was effected and not others would be comforting. What was the “root cause?” What changes to production did SK On previously make that produced these defective batteries? Why did they make those changes? What are the production changes they are making to ensure there are no more spontaneously combusting batteries in the future.
These would be the standard items contained in an 8D, that, due to the proprietary nature of the info therein, none of which we will ever see. (Sadly).
As a booby prize, we might comfort ourselves with the fact that a 573 submission (and related documents) covers a decent (though not too technically detailed) discussion of RC and remedial actions.
You know I am not buying an EV any time soon but, if I was, I would insist on full transparency regarding why SK On’s batteries blew up for no apparent reason. No disclosure = no sale.
Now that I think if it, SK On is becoming Ford’s Firestone tire of the 2020s.
Clearly you don’t know what happened in either of the Firestone tire debacles.
I’m thinking that rather than being a battery issue this may have been an installation issue at the assembly plant. It was most likely determined by SK ON in consultation with Ford that pointing such blame was in neither company’s interest. Therefore the actual issue on this one vehicle may never be revealed.
Cool theory bro except it’s wrong.
SK On clearly said there was a process issue at their plant that has been fixed.
From Bloomberg via the Detroit News:
Your believing company statements?
Oh my K-street’s DwayneD the sockpuppet with the exclusive distributorship of grade-DD dumb is now talking about believability after all the odoriferous disinfo he and his tag team troll farm friends have been spewing?
That’s deeply humorous.
And irony is dead.
Let’s be honest, it was human error and not robotic error or it would have affected many more vehicles. The human that made the error probably did something that emabarasses both companies so we won’t ever know exactly what happened. Either at SK in battery assembly or at Ford in truck assembly.
Except the battery company indicated they had a process problem that’s now believed to fixed.
See the link I posted above for quotes from SK On.
Ps at the ultimate root cause, robotic error is always human error.
We saw the new polls about most Americans not wanting EVs, surprised at the high percentage that don’t want them. Even green energy websites are talking about the results. Just Google ‘most Americans don’t want EVs’….ton of articles show it.
K-street alert. Walt is just amping J(ustfor)D(ummies) by referring to an obsolete biased survey.
Maybe he could provide a link to the green energy websites.
His suggested google search takes one to a 1.5year old right wing pollster. LoL there was no Inflation Reduction Act incentives for car purchases, domestic production of vehicles or batteries, no charging build out funding then.
The K-street clowns would be best to link to an article about how IBM’s founder thought there would be no broad market for computers. It’s a much more interesting topic.
We all know Shelly K-street, this handle’s function is to take the pass from an earlier member of the bad faith FUDster tag team troll farm and parlay it for the female demographic.
Their form today is so bad it’s like they are hardly even trying.
Ev’s are for suckers at the present time. No green benefits. In some cases worse. More money less convenient makes no sense for someone with common sense. Its all about the fruitcake agenda. Doesn’t matter if it works just do as we say. Communist agenda
Dwayne, you truly do not have significant knowledge of the facts and are merely expressing your opinions. I have 2 years worth of hands-on experience and 18,000 miles on my Mach E. My last Shelby GT500 was close to the same purchase price but way more expensive to operate.
My common sense supported the purchase of this EV as I am no longer boosting oil company profits and wasting time searching for reasonable prices at gas stations. My house is my EV “refuelling” station for 90% of my energy needs. Electricity costs are stable and much lower than the cost of gasoline to go the same distance. Convenience could not be better than my 24/7 access at home. Who are the fruitcakes you refer to? As for communist agenda, far from it. Do you honestly believe any foreign communist government wants individuals to have free choice and options to improve their own life and living environment?
I hope you are keeping well!
Thanks for bringing us the rational real world take from the land of Hockey & Tim Horton’s (always stopped on my way out to St Thos, Oakville & Brampton/Bramalea for a bag of raisin butter tarts!)
I don’t know if you saw my last request, but could you please give us a bit of feedback on your winter experiences with your MME? I’d be grateful to hear something on this.
Kind greetings from this descendent of Newfoundland!
LoL K-street’s Big Oil patrons just might have to promote their purveyor of grade-DD dumb, DwayneD, to DDD status.
“Communism…”. Oh DD if you were a real boy instead of a sockpuppet and said this then you would really have no clue but bc you are real sockpuppet this is why you do and say what you do.
It’s like watching a single person Punch & Judy sockpuppet show.
Some people who buy EVs want them for other reasons than going green. Don’t be so shallow.
Dwayne is one of a team of sockpuppets that posts all things anti-BEV.
They don’t care what good reasons there are bc they are paid to try to slow down interest and uptake in BEVs by planting FUD and disinfo.
They’re pros but they really suck at their job.
Just an update from todays NHTSA recall bulletin:
Fords explanation provided to NHTSA is below. TL:DR? Battery supplier had a manufacturing defect on one line that produced some batteries that were out of tolerance and had an anode contact a cathode causing a short when battery was nearing full charge. Ford did a CAT scan of the defective battery and could see the difference to unaffected units.