Ford is suspending manufacturing of its electrical F-150 Lightning pickup for an additional week following a battery problem that resulted in one of many autos catching hearth.
Ford final week mentioned it anticipated car meeting to be down by not less than this week, as engineers decided the basis explanation for the problem and applied adjustments to manufacturing.
DETROIT — Ford Motor
is suspending manufacturing of its electrical F-150 Lightning pickup for an additional week following a battery problem that resulted in one of many autos catching hearth early this month.
Ford mentioned Friday its battery provider, SK, has began constructing battery cells once more at a plant in Georgia however it’ll take time “to make sure they’re again to constructing high-quality cells and to ship them to the Lightning manufacturing line.”
“The groups labored shortly to establish the basis explanation for the problem,” Ford mentioned in a press release Friday. “We agree with SK’s really helpful adjustments of their tools and processes for SK’s cell manufacturing traces.”
Ford final week mentioned it anticipated Lightning manufacturing to be down by not less than this week, as engineers decided the basis explanation for the battery problem and applied enhancements to the manufacturing course of.
The hearth occurred Feb. 4 in a holding lot throughout a pre-delivery high quality examine whereas the car was charging, adopted by Ford suspending manufacturing and issuing a stop-shipment of the autos to sellers. Ford mentioned engineers decided there was no proof of a charging fault.
Ford mentioned it’s not conscious of any incidents of this problem in autos which have already been delivered to clients and sellers.
The F-150 Lightning is being intently watched by buyers, because it’s the primary mainstream electrical pickup truck in the marketplace and a significant launch for Ford.
The battery problem provides to ongoing “execution points” detailed to buyers earlier this month by Ford CEO Jim Farley that crippled the automaker’s fourth-quarter earnings.