GM drops wireless charging from some SUVs due to chip shortage

Some Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles affected

General Motors is stopping wireless smartphone charging from some new SUVs due to a global microchip crunch. It’s the latest feature to ax the company over short supplies of semiconductors, as GM has already done. Pulled HD Radio from some models, with car start-stop And a fuel management module that made pickup trucks a little cleaner and more efficient.

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, as well as some trims of the 2021 GMC Yukon, made after July 12, will no longer include a wireless charging pad, as first reported GM Authority Blog. But the GM tells ledge That some 2022 Buick Enclaves made after August 2, Chevy Traverse and Cadillac XT5s and XT6s are also affected.

Buyers of these vehicles will get a $75 credit instead of the wireless charging option. (GM is offering the same $50 credit for vehicles that don’t feature HD Radio.) The company is expected to make these vehicles without wireless charging pads during the rest of the respective model years.

“Our supply chain organization continues to work with our supply base to mitigate the near-term impacts of the semiconductor situation,” the company said in a statement. ledge. “GM continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products, including our highly profitable full-size trucks and SUVs, for our customers. However, the position of semiconductors globally is liquid. Has been made.”

Chip shortage is wreaking havoc in the auto industry. As a result some companies chose to reduce overall production, such as Ford, which closed some F-150 assembly lines.

The resulting shortage of supply is driving up prices, however, creating an extremely hot new car market. Many automakers like GM are still trying to get vehicles to dealers, even if they are missing some features. For example, Nissan is making Some vehicles without navigation system. Some new Ram pickups no longer come with an intelligent rear-view mirror that improves blind spot monitoring. French automaker Renault is shipping some cars with smaller entertainment screens and has also removed wireless charging from some models.

There are many things fueling the chip shortage, but several automakers made things worse for themselves when they initially lowered production targets in 2020 due to the pandemic. When sales boomed, he found himself in a position where the chips Were They were now going somewhere else. Automakers are particularly vulnerable because they use older, larger semiconductors.

It could only get worse. While some automakers were initially optimistic that the most drastic effects would be felt in the first half of 2021, Volkswagen recently warned that The second half of this year could be brutal.

In May, Ford CEO Jim Farley said on an episode of decoder That the company is considering going directly to chip makers to cut deals as opposed to going through suppliers. “I think footwear is going to be more important to us on the ground in places like Taiwan and China and Asia,” he said.

Farley also said that, going forward, he feels that his company “[has] 22nm or smaller, to move to more advanced [semiconductors]More importantly, we need to be in a position to know within the company what to choose and optimize off the shelf compute to work for us. “

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