Ford has just disclosed why it halted production/delivery of the Lightning, its three-ton half-ton electric truck. One of them apparently went up in smoke during a “pre-delivery quality check.” No word as to whether the charred Lightning was moving when it caught fire.
Ford did issue a statement that it “has no reason to believe electric pick-ups already in use by customers are affected by the battery issue.”
And why would Ford think that?
Unless there was a manufacturing problem with that one specific Lightning – something like an assembly worker failing to correctly assemble something, a bad part, etc. – it may be a design problem, something that could be a problem with every single one of Ford’s three-ton half-ton “electrified” trucks. This is in fact known to be a problem – or at least, a built-in vulnerability – of lithium-ion batteries, generally. Their chemistry and construction being such as to make it so. It is why EVs made by GM and Tesla – two different brands – have also caught fire. It is because they use the same types of battery packs and so have the same built-in tendency to thermally runaway – or short circuit and catch fire.
The odds of a three-ton half-ton catching fire have been favorable – in terms of an incident not happening, so far – because Ford has only made about 15,000 of them, a drop in the proverbial bucket. Chevy was not so lucky because it got some 60,000 of its electric Bolts into production; a number of them caught fire – and all of them had to be recalled. Teslas are infamous for spontaneously combusting. The odds of that happening increasing to certainty after several hundred thousand of them were produced.
Ford may have nipped some bad PR in the bud. But it may have the same problem on its hands that besets every company producing EVs with lithium-ion battery packs – that being their tendency to alight themselves.
And this may prove to be a fatal problem for Ford’s three-ton half-ton, which is already suffering from a bade case of buyer’s remorse – among those who already bought one – and buyers who want one being unable to afford one, in the wake of three huge price increases over the span of less than one year. The ’23 Lightning costs about $15k more now than the ’22 did and now costs close to $58k, rendering it almost $20k more expensive than a non-electric F-150 SuperCrew that will only catch fire if you insert a gas-soaked rag in the filler neck and set it alight with your Zippo.
It can also tow hundreds of miles without having to stop and when it does have to stop, you only have to wait a few minutes before you can tow another several hundred miles with it.
Ford’s big mistake with the F-150 may have been the thing that made it seem like a smart idea to “electrify” a truck rather than a car.
This being an understandable mistake.
A full-size truck is the perfect place to hide a massive battery pack. And the Lightning has one of the most massive battery packs extant, precisely because it is a full-sized truck and so already huge and thus requires lots of power – just to move. If it is going to tow anything substantial or carry anything substantial in its bed, it will need a very powerful battery. Which leads to a very big – and heavy one. Close to a ton, all by itself. And that is why the Lightning weighs well over 6,000 pounds – three tons plus – vs. the just over two tons a non-electric F-150 weighs.
This, in turn, reduces how far the Lightning can go – as well as how far it can tow. It is also the main reason why it now costs almost $20k more than its non-electric analog, the gas-engined F-150 SuperCrew.
Reductio meet absurdum.
Add to this the inherent problem of lithium-ion batteries being fire-prone and you have a really big – and very heavy – problem that’s made even worse, potentially, because the battery is so much bigger (and so, the potential fire that much more dangerous).
It’d be safer – and saner – to stop producing vehicles (not just this one) with a built-in design defect that everyone knows increases the risk of people being burned to death.
But, never mind.
It’s all coming from the same people who continue to insist that all of the people who have “died suddenly” since the “vaccines” were injected into hundreds of millions of people could not possibly have been caused by the “vaccines.”
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