Ford Motor Company has confirmed it will build its F-150 pickup and Edge SUV without certain electronic parts. The partial build is stemming from a global shortage of semiconductor components that has been impacting the auto industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Ford is idling certain assembly plants entirely.
While the primary reason for the improvising is the chip shortage, a Ford spokesperson confirms to Reuters there is another part shortage due to U.S. winter storms. Ford confirms the company will build “thousands” of F-150’s and Edges’s with certain missing parts. Of course, these vehicles will not be shipped to dealerships. Instead the automaker will hold these vehicles at the plants and retrofit them once supply chains normalize.
Ford isn’t disclosing which parts will be missing from these vehicles. There are a number of vehicle components that leverage semiconductors. One of the most common parts is the body control module, which controls basic functions such as windshield wipers. The main chip that powers infotainment systems is another commonly-impacted component.
Ford is also confirming it will idle production at its Louisville, Kentucky and Cologne, Germany assembly plants. The Louisville plant produces the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair. Cologne produces the Ford Fiesta for Europe. Previously, Ford has already cut production at other plants due to the semiconductor situation.
The semiconductor shortage is causing several automakers to get creative. General Motors announced Monday it will build certain truck V-8 engines without some fuel saving technology. Said technology requires electronics that need semiconductors to operate.