DEARBORN (WWJ) – Ford has suspended shipments of the 2024 F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck so it can inspect the quality of an issue it did not specify.
The Dearborn automaker made the announcement on Friday, February 24, saying that deliveries had ceased on February 9. There was no immediate word on when deliveries would resume.
A spokesman declined to comment on the matter under review.
The announcement comes the same week that Ford said it began shipping its newly designed 2024 F-150 model to dealers.
The company said it expects to “increase shipments in the coming weeks as we complete extensive quality checks to ensure these new F-150s meet our high standards.”
Ford said in September that it planned to deliver the new F-150 as early as 2024. On Friday, a spokesman said the company remained “on schedule.”
The company’s 2 announcement of its EV truck comes a month after the company cut back on electricity production as demand for electric vehicles declines.
While Ford said it will still make Electrics, they reduced production at its Michigan Rouge Electric Vehicle Facility to just one shift starting April 1.
The company also laid off one in three jobs at its EV plant in October 2023.
According to Reuterssuppliers were told in December that Ford planned to build about 1,600 F-150 Lightning EV trucks per week starting in January, about half of the 3,200 it had previously mentioned.
Last year, Ford sold 24,165 F-150 Electric trucks nationwide, a 55% increase from 2022, out of 750,000 total U.S. F-150 sales.
“Ford in August said the plant that makes the F-150 Electric could reach an annual production rate of 150,000 vehicles by October,” Reuters information. “In 2022 it said it will double production of EV trucks.”