Many firms have had to scale back car production resulting from a worldwide laptop chip scarcity, however CNBC is reporting that the shortages are lastly hitting America’s most popular vehicle: the Ford F-150. Based on the report, Ford is briefly chopping the variety of shifts in its truck manufacturing vegetation in half: its Dearborn, Michigan, manufacturing facility goes from three shifts every week to 1, and its Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, plant goes from three shifts to 2.
CNBC quotes Ford spokesperson Kelli Felker as saying Ford expects the vegetation to return to regular operation in a few weeks, and the corporate is “working intently with suppliers to handle potential manufacturing constraints tied to the worldwide semiconductor scarcity.”
This isn’t the primary time microchip shortages have hit the automobile trade, and even Ford. Volkswagen had to change car production in December as a result of scarcity, and Honda and GM have additionally needed to reduce. Nissan and Toyota have needed to gradual their truck manufacturing traces as properly. For Ford’s half, earlier this month, it had to shut down the factory that made Ford Escapes and Lincoln Corsairs for every week as a result of it couldn’t get the pc components it wanted. Bloomberg has an overview of how most of Japan’s automakers are affected a method or one other.
Whereas the shortages are hitting all the trade, the F-150 is a giant deal within the US, the place the long-lasting F-series is the bestselling vehicle in the country. They’re additionally Ford’s most profitable vehicles, so making fewer of them isn’t prone to be a choice the motor firm would make until it needed to.
We right here at The Verge usually ask the query “what’s a pc?” however I believe most individuals wouldn’t reply “the F-150.” However fashionable vehicles have laptop methods for nearly each part nowadays, from digital speedometers to very important automobile features like controlling emissions and emergency brake methods. If Ford, or different automobile producers, isn’t capable of get the pc chips it wants, it received’t be capable to construct functioning fashionable vehicles.
In fact, the chip shortages aren’t simply hitting the automobile trade — AMD, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Sony had been famously not capable of meet demand with their launches final yr, and Qualcomm’s CEO is warning that it’s not simply the most recent, highest-tech merchandise that may see shortages.