Demand for the Lightning has been strong since Ford began selling the battery-powered model of the best-selling vehicle in America last April. It helped the company more than double EV sales last year, making it the No. 2 seller of EVs in America behind Tesla Inc., which controls nearly two-thirds of the US market.
Ford has been running the Lightning factory on three work crews, seven days a week with a goal of boosting output to 150,000 annually by the fall of this year.
$F Ford Halts Production of F-150 Plug-in Pickup Over Battery Problem
Ford expects production of its electric F-150 Lightning pickup to be down through at least the end of next week to address a potential battery issue.
The updated timing comes a day after Ford confirmed production of the highly watched EV had been suspended at the beginning of last week due to a potential battery issue.
Ford said it believes engineers have found the root cause of the issue.