According to a report from Automotive News. Instead, the automaker will deliver the semiconductors to dealers for a year, which they will then install in customers’ cars after purchase.
There is still no word on the affected vehicle models or features. Ford originally planned to ship partially built cars that were not shipable to dealers last year, but for now, cars that have not been shipped will be driveable and salable.
As pointed out by Automotive NewsFord’s decision was made as an attempt to move the partially built vehicles that were crammed into its factory lots. Last month, hundreds of new Ford Broncos was spotted standing still in snow-covered lots near Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, all waiting for chip-related equipment.
Like many other companies, Ford has struggled with difficulties due to a lack of chips. Last year, lack of semiconductor forced Ford to scale down production of its popular F-150and in November, Ford and General Motors announce agreement with chip maker GlobalFoundries to help alleviate shortages.
Other automakers have also had to make sacrifices because of chip shortages, of which GM fell wireless charging, Radio HDand a fuel management module that has made some pickups more efficient. While, Tesla sold some cars without USB ports and make them installable at a later date. Luxury cars are not exempt from the shortage either, because Cadillac adds hands-free driving in its Escalade 2022, while BMW starts to ship some cars without touch screens.
The Verge reached out to Ford for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/13/22975246/ford-ship-sell-incomplete-vehicles-missing-chips Ford ships and sells unfinished cars with missing chips