Ford delays F-150 Lightning production another week after battery fire

Ford CEO Jim Farley pronounces at a press convention that Ford Motor Company can be partnering with the worlds largest battery firm, a China-based firm known as Contemporary Amperex Technology, to create an electric-vehicle battery plant in Marshall, Michigan, on February 13, 2023 in Romulus, Michigan.

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DETROIT — Ford Motor is suspending manufacturing of its electrical F-150 Lightning pickup for one more week following a battery challenge 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 would take time “to ensure they are back to building high-quality cells and to deliver them to the Lightning production line.”

“The teams worked quickly to identify the root cause of the issue,” Ford mentioned in a press release Friday. “We agree with SK’s recommended changes in their equipment and processes for SK’s cell production lines.”

Ford final week mentioned it anticipated Lightning manufacturing to be down by way of not less than this week, as engineers decided the basis reason for the battery challenge and carried out enhancements to the manufacturing course of.

The hearth occurred Feb. 4 in a holding lot throughout a pre-delivery high quality verify whereas the car was charging. Days later, Ford suspended manufacturing and issued a stop-shipment of the autos to sellers. Ford mentioned engineers decided there was no proof of a charging fault.

Ford mentioned it isn’t conscious of any incidents of this challenge in autos which have already been delivered to prospects and sellers.

The F-150 Lightning is being intently watched by traders, because it’s the primary mainstream electrical pickup truck in the marketplace and a serious launch for Ford.

The battery challenge provides to ongoing “execution issues” detailed to traders earlier this month by Ford CEO Jim Farley that crippled the automaker’s fourth-quarter earnings.

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