Ford has extended the production halt of its all-electric Ford Lightning pickup truck for another week.
Ford initially halted production and shipping of the Ford Lightning in February due to a potential battery problem and one day after a battery fire. Ford and its battery cell manufacturing partner SK have identified the problem, the automaker told businessupdates.org.
Ford said in a statement that it agrees with SK’s recommended changes to its cell production line equipment and processes.
“SK has started building battery cells again in Commerce, Georgia,” Ford said in an emailed statement to businessupdates.org. “It will take SK time to get them back to building high-quality cells and supplying them to the Lightning production line. Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center will suspend production until the end of next week and we will continue to provide updates.”
The company confirmed that during a standard pre-delivery quality check of Lightning, one vehicle exhibited a battery problem and caught fire on Feb. 4. Production was halted the next day.
“We have no reason to believe that F-150 Lightnings already in customer hands will be affected by this issue,” a company spokesperson said in an email. Ford Lightning vehicles in dealer lots are still for sale, the company confirmed.
Launched less than a year ago, the Ford Lightning is closely watched by shareholders and industry analysts. Ford CEO Jim Farley has admitted that the company has struggled to keep costs under control due to inefficiencies and a number of recalls that have plagued other models. There has only been one recall for the Ford Lightning related to a tire pressure sensor. Ford has yet to issue a recall or notice related to the battery issue identified by engineers.