There appears to be another indication that Joe Biden’s attempts to coerce the nation into transitioning to electric vehicles are not succeeding. Earlier this year, Ford Motor Company had already significantly reduced production of the F-150 Lightning electric trucks. Now, they have decided to stop shipping the trucks. The company statement mentions that the pause in shipments was due to unspecified “quality concerns.” However, this explanation is puzzling considering that they have simultaneously resumed shipments of their gasoline-powered trucks. What could possibly be happening here? (Fortune Magazine)

Ford Motor Co. has paused shipments of its F-150 Lightning plug-in pickup due to an undisclosed quality issue just weeks after scaling back production of the electric model due to slowing sales.

In a statement released on Friday, the automaker declared that they ceased shipping the Lightning on Feb. 9 “to ensure quality.” They did not specify when they plan to resume deliveries of the Lightning to dealerships but emphasized that they have commenced shipping the conventional gas-powered versions of the truck, which underwent a redesign for the 2024 model year.

“We anticipate an increase in shipments in the upcoming weeks as we complete thorough quality checks to ensure that these new F-150s meet our rigorous standards,” the company stated.

Various sources have requested Ford to elaborate on the “quality concerns” under examination, yet the company has refrained from doing so thus far. This is an uncommon decision for an automotive manufacturer. They have only vaguely stated that they are striving to ensure that the quality of the vehicles “aligns with our high standards.” The gravity of these concerns (if they exist) hinges entirely on the severity of a potential flaw.

Is the quality issue limited to the current production batch or could it have surfaced in trucks that have already been delivered and are possibly on the roads at this moment? If it’s just a minor component coming loose inside the cabin, it might not raise significant concerns. However, if it’s a flaw that could result in the steering wheel detaching or trigger an engine fire while in operation, the public will likely wish to be informed about it.

The decision by Ford to resume shipments of the gasoline-powered trucks simultaneously with halting F-150 Lightning deliveries suggests that the issue could be specific to the electric vehicle design. They may have observed that these vehicles have a tendency to catch fire in certain circumstances. Could this imply that the problem lies with the large batteries in the trucks? We do not have an answer because Ford is unwilling to disclose details.

Conceivably, this excuse might hold no truth at all. At times, companies – much like politicians – are reluctant to acknowledge errors. Ford closely followed the federal government’s path and heavily invested in EV production. However, dealerships are now facing an overflow of unsold EVs, and Ford’s warehouses in Michigan are rapidly filling up. This is not the kind of news that shareholders want to hear. You cannot recover the expenses incurred in the production of vehicles that lack demand in the market. Someone may have to accept responsibility, possibly a senior figure in Ford’s management hierarchy. Nevertheless, the true accountability should be directed at the officials in Washington who opted to wage their War On Things That Work on America’s roads and driveways. Maybe this accountability will materialize in November. Let’s remain hopeful.