Big News: Ford Revs Up F-150 Lightning Production After Battery Fire!
The incident began on February 4th when a Ford F-150 Lightning caught fire and destroyed two other vehicles in a Ford storage lot. On February 16th, the car manufacturer announced that they had pinpointed what caused the fire and declared that they would be updating the production process for the car battery.
Ford will resume the production of its popular F-150 Lightning electric truck on the 13th of March. This vehicle had been halted from production for approximately one month.
During pre-shipment checks, Ford stated that one of their trucks caught fire, resulting in a suspension of production and distribution of the F-150. They initiated an inquiry, in cooperation with SK On, their battery provider, to discover the root of the issue.
SK On asserted that the source of the ignition was not an inherent defect in the battery cell's architecture or its production steps, and referred to the incident as a "rare situation".
Once the problem was identified and solved, production of the battery cells resumed on February 20. In the near future, the new cells will be constructed into the battery packs that Ford utilizes to make the vehicles. Ford has not revealed any specifics about what the issue was.
Ford has stated that the fire issue only affects cars that haven't been delivered yet, and Ford F-150 Lightning owners are not affected.
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