Ford will resume production of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck on March 13.
Production will resume at Ford's electric vehicle manufacturing site in Dearborn, Michigan later this month. The advanced schedule will allow partner SK On time to build its battery cells into battery arrays and packs and deliver them to the truck's production line, spokesperson Emma Bergg said in an email.
"In the weeks ahead, we will continue to apply our learnings and work with SK On’s team to ensure we continue delivering high-quality battery packs – down to the battery cells," Bergg said in an email.
The automaker will continue holding previously built vehicles while it works through engineering and parts updates.
SK On declined to specify what the root cause of the battery issue was, but noted that it and Ford had implemented “measures of improvement” in its processes to address the issue, according to an emailed comment from the company.
“SK On believes this was a rare occurrence, not a fundamental issue with the technology of the battery cells or the overall manufacturing systems,” the company said.
Ford had paused production of its first electric pickup truck on Feb. 5 due to a possible battery issue.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include new information from SK On.