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Ford stops 2024 F-150 Lightning shipments as hundreds of pickups pile up

Ford halted shipments of the 2024 F-150 Lightning electric pickup earlier this month, as reports say hundreds, if not thousands, of Ford trucks have piled up in holding lots around Detroit.

Ford stops 2024 F-150 Lightning shipments

All 2024 Lightning models have been halted over an undisclosed quality issue. Meanwhile, shipments of the gas-powered 2024 F-150 began again last week after hundreds (or even thousands) of trucks piled up in Detroit lots.

A Ford spokesperson told Automotive News that the automaker stopped Lightning shipments on February 9. They did not say when the stop-ship will be cleared.

Update: Ford Spokesperson Emma Bergg told Electrek, “MY24 Lightnings started shipping last month.” Bergg added, “We expect to ramp up shipments in the coming weeks as we complete thorough launch quality checks to ensure these new F-150s meet our high standards and delight customers.”

Berg did confirm to Electrek that the Lightning stop-ship started on Feb 9, and Ford will “ramp shipments once quality checks are completed.” The spokesperson noted stop ships are part of the manufacturing process to ensure quality.

Ford F-150 Lightning production at Rouge EV plant (Source: Ford)

Although shipments are still expected within Ford’s “early 2024” timeframe, some trucks have been piling up in lots since December. One commercial customer said their order has been delayed by eight weeks so far for nearly 100 trucks alone.

Another Ford spokesperson said F-150s have piled up in lots around Detroit and would begin to empty as they are shipped to dealers.

Ford F-150 Lightning (Source: Ford)

The automaker did not specify if the issue affected F-150 Lightning models before or after last month’s brief shutdown.

2024 Ford F-150 Flash (Source: Ford)

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Sell these things 20k cheaper until you prove how awesome and reliable they are. Then enjoy all the goodwill you've created Ford.

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CEO Jim Farley said quality was a top priority on the company’s Q4 earnings call. Farley mentioned, “Quality now factors into 70% of the short-term incentives” for Ford’s management.

The news comes after Ford introduced significant new incentives on the 2023 F-150 Lightning last week. Ford’s 2023 F-150 Lightning Lariat, XLT, and Pro trims are eligible for a $7,500 retail credit.

2024 Ford F-150 Lightning trimPriceRange
(EPA-est miles)
Platinum Black$92,995300
2024 Ford F-150 Lightning prices

Other bonuses include $7,500 bonus cash on the Lightning XLT Extended Range. A $5,000 retail cash bonus for the Lariant Standard and ER versions. And a massive $12,500 in retail bonus cash for the Platinum trim.

If you’ve been eyeing Ford’s all-electric pickup, now is the best time to start shopping. The automaker is clearing out 2023 models. We can help you find the right model at the right price. You can use our link to find deals on the 2023 and 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning at a dealer near you.

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Peter Johnson is covering the auto industry’s step-by-step transformation to electric vehicles. He is an experienced investor, financial writer, and EV enthusiast. His enthusiasm for electric vehicles, primarily Tesla, is a significant reason he pursued a career in investments. If he isn’t telling you about his latest 10K findings, you can find him enjoying the outdoors or exercising

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