Ford Electric Truck Owner Hears ‘Loud Pop’ at Charging Station – Then His Worst Nightmare Happens


Jim Clayborn | RNN

An electric Ford F-150 Lighting owner who describes himself as “Into Electric Vehicles” had to get out of his electric vehicle when it stopped working after a public charger “fried” the vehicle, he said Sunday.

“Lightning bricked today at an [Electrify America] charger,” Twitter user Eric Roe wrote Sunday afternoon. “I’m 1000 miles from home, the EA charger when [sic] black, and my Lightning won’t move. I’m screwed.”

After that initial post, Roe posted an update that included pictures of the vehicle being loaded onto and then carted away by a tow truck.

That tweet had gotten some attention — 1,412 likes (which I’ll interpret as expressions of sympathy, in this case), as well as about 235 replies and a similar number of retweets as of late Tuesday morning.

A number of those replies were from Roe himself, providing updates to his situation, but one – likely panicking at the publicity – was from Emma Bergg, whose profile indicates that she is the “Global Director, Electric Vehicles Communications for Ford Motor Company,” who asked that the driver private message to her:

Yeah…not exactly the kind of public exposure Ford wanted from its e-car rollout – a massive commitment by the company, which has promised an 100%-electric vehicle line by 2030 in Europe, and soon thereafter in the U.S.

Hopefully, Ms. Bergg can get Roe some help — because it sounds like he needs some.

Apparently, technicians at the dealership to which the F-150 was towed need a specific battery before they can even diagnose what’s wrong with the truck and start talking about repairs.

We’ll be keeping an eye on Roe’s situation and hoping that he gets it resolved quickly, and at the expense of either Ford or Electify America, because Ford truck batteries can run over $35,000.

That’s a big repair bill for a vehicle with only 10,000 miles on it.

And as we previously reported, Auto critic Henry Payne said the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck’s “kryptonite” is a road trip, according to the Detroit News review of the vehicle. Payne explained that the electric truck got him “170 miles of range” on a trip up interstate 75 in Michigan, while its gasoline-powered counterpart gets drivers “600 miles and 22 mpg.”

Perhaps it is stories like this that convinced Toyota Motors to refuse to commit to only electric vehicles – for which they have been relentlessly attacked by infantile environmental activists:

Perhaps Ford should re-consider its extreme e-plans as well, before it is too late.


318 thoughts on “Ford Electric Truck Owner Hears ‘Loud Pop’ at Charging Station – Then His Worst Nightmare Happens

  1. E-vehicles are just NOT ready for prime time.
    This is evidence checked in the real world & “conspiracy theory” #whatever confirmed.
    PROVE ME WRONG, I dare you.

  2. This is a classic example of what happens when one buys into an inherently stupid idea.The vehicles at this house are all rockin’ big V8 engines.

  3. The smarter move is to move to hybrids, saves lots of gas and you don’t have to stop to charge for an hour every ~200 miles.

    Oh wait this is the Green movement, nothing they do is actually smart or thought out in any way.

  4. Let the Fords leave ya walking jokes restart ( unlike this clowns truck) Yet adding more credibility to Id rather push my diesel truck than walk away from an EV. The only thing funnier ( or pathetic depending on your POV) would have been for it to melt down in true Tesla EV homage or solidarity . EVs are a joke only second in comedic value to their owners

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