Battery problems halt deliveries of Ford F-150 Lightning trucks

DETROIT, Michigan: Ford Motor Co. has said that after discovering a potential battery problem during pre-delivery checks, it halted production and shipments of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.

"We are not aware of any incidences of this issue in the field," Ford spokesperson Emma Bergg said in an email, adding that production was halted at the start of last week, according to Reuters.

The battery unit of South Korea’s SK Innovation Co Ltd, SK On, supplies batteries to Ford.

The issue was first reported by Motor Authority and by CNBC.

Ford has not provided a timeline for restarting production.

In a statement, SK On, which makes batteries in South Korea, China, Hungary and the US for clients, including Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai, said, "We are investigating the matter at the moment."

Ford posted disappointing quarterly results and flagged uncertainty around semiconductor chip supplies earlier this month.

To take advantage of the strong demand for EVs, the US automaker added a third work crew for the F-150 in 2022.