After a number of weeks of shutdown, the Rouge Electrical Car Middle resumed manufacturing of the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup on March 13, 2023.
The information was formally introduced by the corporate’s CEO Jim Farley, who wrote:
“#F150Lightning manufacturing restarted this morning on the Rouge Electrical Car Middle. Pleased with the group’s dedication to place high quality and security above all else. That is the engineering commonplace we purpose to ship constantly.”
Manufacturing of the electrical Ford F-150 was briefly halted in mid-February, as a precaution resulting from a possible battery difficulty.
We do not know what the manufacturing charge is true now (earlier than the pause, it was most likely round 2,000 models a month), but it surely’s promised to extend considerably later this yr (the goal charge is 150,000 per yr or 12,500 per thirty days, by the tip of 2023).
The Ford F-150 Lightning’s manufacturing (and delivery to prospects) was halted in mid-February after an assembled F-150 Lightning caught hearth whereas charging, throughout a high quality inspection. Initially, the manufacturing pause was just for per week or two, however finally it was prolonged just a few occasions to a complete of about 4 weeks. In early March, manufacturing was reported to renew on March 13, which occurred as promised.
In line with studies, the foundation reason behind the fireplace was shortly recognized after the fireplace – a battery cell manufacturing defect – and Ford along with its lithium-ion battery cell provider (SK Innovation’s SK On), utilized some adjustments to the manufacturing of the battery cells at SK On’s battery plant in Commerce, Georgia.
The corporate doesn’t reveal the precise difficulty, however it appears that evidently it was one thing minor associated to particular person battery cells (not less than minor in comparison with a few of the different battery recollects).
Out of some 20,000 Ford F-150 Lightning offered to date in the USA, Ford recalled solely 18 models (2023 mannequin yr). It is actually optimistic information that solely a really small variety of autos is likely to be affected by probably faulty battery cells. The autos could have the battery pack changed for gratis.
Curiously, Ford said that the vans can nonetheless be pushed and charged, but it surely’s really helpful to make an appointment for a battery pack substitute service as quickly as attainable.
Ford additionally famous on the time that was not conscious of any accidents or accidents associated to the Ford F-150 Lightning recall.