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.
@itskyleconner @brandenflasch @jimfarley98 Power Ford in Newport says they need to replace the 12 volt battery before they can diagnose, and it’s some sort of special battery and they don’t have an ETA. Then what?? 😡— Eric Roe (@Eric_L_Roe) November 28, 2022Advertisement
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.