The hold on new trucks already built at the plant will continue for an unspecified time.
Ford halted assembly of its in-demand F-150 Lightning in early February over a battery issue. Now, the Dearborn-based automaker says the EV pickup will resume production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center on March 13. However, built Lightnings currently being held will remain in Ford’s care for the foreseeable future, awaiting updates.
The planned March 13 relaunch allows time for battery supplier SK On to build new battery packs and have them delivered to the plant. In an email regarding Lightning production, a Ford spokesperson stated the company will “apply our learnings and work with SK On’s team to ensure we continue delivering high-quality battery packs – down to the battery cells.” It’s unclear at this time if production will ramp up slowly or go full tilt on the 13th.