The electric truck that shocked the world is already due for its first recall just two months after it was officially released. The Ford F-150 Lightning is the first-ever electric Ford truck. It’s also the first fully electric F-150 model. Ford had over 200,000 reservations for the electric pickup just a few months after its debut. Now, the electric Ford truck is already having its first recall.
Why is the Ford F-150 Lightning being recalled?
The Ford F-150 Lightning is being recalled because of a software issue that prevents the electric truck from warning drivers of low tire pressure. This could cause some drivers to be oblivious to whether or not one of their tires needs air or changing.
Reuters claims that 2,900 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks are affected by the recall. Ford began shipping the F-150 Lightning a few weeks ago, so this recall could impact a large percentage of current F-150 Lightning owners.
Recalls are rarely timed well, but the severity of the issue shouldn’t be as concerning as other controversial issues surrounding EVs. Sure, the F-150 lightning’s tire pressure monitoring system may not be up to snuff yet, but there are plenty of worse EV issues that competitors are experiencing.
Thus far, there have been no major reports of any F-150 Lightning battery issues. Most popular electric vehicles tend to encounter a battery reliability issue sooner or later. It happened with the once-popular Chevy Bolt. Even the Ford Mustang Mach-E is experiencing some reliability issues that warranted a recall. Some models could become immobile or accelerate and decelerate without warning. So, the F-150 Lightning isn’t perfect, but a faulty tire pressure monitoring system is hardly comparable to a battery malfunction.
Is the Ford F-150 Lightning a reliable pickup truck?
Ford made the bold choice to spinoff its most popular pickup truck nameplate and electrify the F-150. The Ford F-150 is America’s favorite pickup truck because it is a reliable work truck that’s built tough, just as advertised. The Ford F-150 may have earned its stripes, but the F-150 Lightning is an entirely different animal.
It’s far too early to gauge the F-150 Lightning’s reliability since it’s such a new nameplate. There’s no telling whether or not the electric pickup truck will stand the test of time, but Ford is betting big on EVs. Half of Ford Motor Company, Ford Model E, will be dedicated to the development and production of new electric vehicles. The Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford F-150 Lightning are the cornerstones of the brand’s electric future.
How much is a Ford F-150 Lightning?
The Ford F-150 Lightning comes in four different trim levels: the Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. The Lightning Pro starts at $39,974, the XLT starts at $52,974. The Lariat trim starts at $67,474. The F-150 Lightning Platinum starts at $90,874.
All F-150 Lightning trims are currently eligible for a federal electric vehicle tax credit, but they may get a reduced credit by the second generation of the electric truck nameplate. Ford is rapidly approaching the full tax incentive eligibility threshold.
The Lightning Pro is extremely affordable after the tax credit. Car and Driver recommends the XLT and XLT Extended Range trims.
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