Ford has temporarily halted production of its electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck after one of the vehicles caught fire during a test drive. The incident occurred in Kansas, where a Ford representative was reportedly driving the vehicle when it began to emit smoke and caught fire. The representative was not injured and was able to safely exit the vehicle.
Following the incident, Ford issued a statement saying that the company is taking the situation seriously and is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. The company has also reportedly contacted all customers who have already received their F-150 Lightning to inform them of the situation and provide guidance on how to monitor their vehicles for any potential issues.
This incident comes at a difficult time for Ford, as the company has been heavily promoting the F-150 Lightning as the future of its iconic F-series pickup trucks. The electric vehicle has been well-received by critics and consumers alike, with pre-orders reportedly already exceeding 200,000 units. However, this incident raises questions about the safety and reliability of the vehicle’s battery system.
The F-150 Lightning is powered by a 105-kilowatt-hour battery pack that is located under the vehicle’s floor. The battery pack is designed to provide a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge. However, this incident highlights the potential risks associated with large lithium-ion batteries, which can be prone to overheating and catching fire if damaged or overcharged.
It remains to be seen how this incident will impact the F-150 Lightning’s production and sales, but it is clear that Ford will need to take swift action to address any safety concerns and ensure that its electric pickup truck is safe and reliable for consumers. The company has not yet provided a timeline for when production of the vehicle will resume, but it is likely that this incident will result in delays and additional scrutiny for the F-150 Lightning’s battery system.