Just a few weeks ago, 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning production was halted after one of those vehicles caught fire in a holding lot, and that pause was quickly extended as FoMoCo and its battery supplier SK On worked to figure out what went wrong. Merely one week later, another issue surfaced that prevented around 100 vehicles from shifting into drive or caused them to gradually lose power while driving. It didn’t take long to sort out these problems, as SK noted that it had figured out what led to the fire and had made changes to its assembly line to correct it, while battery production has already resumed. Now, it seems as if 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning production will soon follow, according to CNBC.
Ford will reportedly resume F-150 Lightning production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan on March 13th, meaning that ultimately, that process will have been halted for around a month. This timeline allows SK On to ramp its own battery production back up and deliver those units to Ford, at which point they can be installed in the EV pickup.
“In the weeks ahead, we will continue to apply our learnings and work with SK On’s team to ensure we continue delivering high-quality battery packs – down to the battery cells. As REVC ramps up production, we will continue holding already-produced vehicles while we work through engineering and parts updates,” Ford said in a statement.
Neither Ford nor SK has disclosed what, exactly, led to this defect and the singular vehicle fire, though FoMoCo did rule out a charging fault as the possible culprit. Regardless, no F-150 Lightning pickups that are already on dealer lots or in customer’s hands are believed to be affected.
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