Ford will soon start selling and shipping incomplete but drivable vehicles that come without the chips that drive certain non-safety features, according to a report from Car news. Instead, the automaker will send the semiconductors to dealers within a year, which they will then install in customers’ vehicles after purchase.
There is still no information on the affected vehicle models or features. Ford originally had plans to send partially built, impassable vehicles to dealers last year, but now the unchipped vehicles will both be ready to drive and for sale.
As pointed out by Car news, Ford’s decision comes as an attempt to move the partially built vehicles crowded their factory lots. Last month, hundreds of new ones The Ford Broncos were seen sitting passively in the snow-covered grounds near Ford’s assembly plant in Michigan, all awaiting chip-related installations.
Like many other companies, Ford has struggled with the limitations that the chip shortage introduced. Last year, a shortage of semiconductors forced Ford to scale down production of its popular F-150, and in November, Ford and General Motors announced a deal with chip maker GlobalFoundries to help ease the shortage.
Other automakers have also had to make sacrifices due to the chip shortage, with GM dropping wireless charging, HD radios, and a fuel management module that made some pickup trucks work more efficiently. Meanwhile, Tesla sold some cars without USB ports and made them installable at a later date. Luxury cars have also not been exempted from the shortage, as Cadillac removed its hands-free driving function in its Escalade from 2022, while BMW began shipping some cars without touch screens.
The edge reached out to Ford with a request for comment but did not immediately respond.