Ford Motor Co. said a battery fire in an F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck stored on company property was the cause of a production halt that began early last week.
The auto maker said Wednesday evening that the truck was in a holding lot when it caught fire during a pre-delivery quality check, and spread to a nearby truck. “We have no reason to believe F-150 Lightnings already in customers’ hands are affected by this issue,” a company spokeswoman said.
The company said the battery issue shouldn’t affect electric trucks previously shipped to customers.
Whew. I am too lazy to look up the post, but a couple of months ago I posted that the inside of the Lightning pack looked way too much like the infamous Spark/Bolt packs. Sandwiched pouch cells with no cooling between them. This is compounded by putting the only cooling available to the pack below it (heat in the un-foamed spaces rises). The resulting hot-spotting can cause premature failure............... and yeah.......... in the worst case fire.
I took a lot of grief for pointing that out, and predicting that there was a good chance that used prices would fall dramatically by summer if the Lightning started exhibiting the problems the Bolt saw.
Next, the media will blow it out of proportion (this is fixable, they will fail to mention that part). But the damage will be done, so those waiting... stand by... deals will be abundant soon. Just like the Bolt.
On the up side, flipping, gouging and ADM should be a thing of the past. Nobody is going to pay a premium for these with the press they are about to get.
I am off to buy a lottery ticket..........