“Battery Issue” Halts Production of Ford’s F-150 Lightning


The Wait For Your New F-150 Lightning Just Got Longer.

Motor Authority reported that Ford has put a FULL STOP on F-150 Lightning production and has issued an in-transit stop-ship order for the truck due to a potential battery issue. In a comment, Ford spokesperson Emma Bergg, did not disclose the scope of the battery issue. Bergg, but said Ford is unaware of any accidents or safety issues related to the battery issues and noted that vehicles already on the road and on dealers’ lots are not impacted. Bergg didn’t pass along many details but confirmed that Ford’s engineering team is determining the root cause. There is no timeframe for when Ford might lift the stop-build order and allow shipments to resume, but more delays are bad news for buyers. 

CloseUP: The F-150 Lightning Shut Down

  • Ford has completely shut down production and shipping of the F-150 Lightning electric truck, citing a battery issue.
  • There is no timeline for when production of the highly popular EV will resume, Ford said.

A Ford spokesperson told Car and Driver that the truck is under a “Stop Build and In-Transit Stop Ship” and explained, “As part of our pre-delivery quality inspections, a vehicle displayed a potential battery issue and we are holding vehicles while we investigate. We are not aware of any incidences of this issue in the field.”

So What’s The Wait Time…This Time.

Reported wait times for the Lightning extend months, and some buyers will be waiting much longer. In late 2021, Ford announced that it had enough orders to fill a few years of production, and the list has only grown since then. The automaker is not currently taking orders for the truck, and its website says that reservation holders will be invited to place orders in waves.


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