GM is discontinuing wireless charging for some SUVs due to a lack of chips
General Motors is not charging smartphones wirelessly in some new SUVs due to the global shortage of microchips. It’s the latest feature that got the company’s ax due to the low semiconductor supply, as GM has already pulled HD radio off some models, along with auto-start-stop and a fuel management module that makes pickup trucks somewhat made it cleaner and more efficient.
Certain features of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and the 2021 GMC Yukon manufactured after July 12 no longer include a wireless charging pad, as was first reported on the GM Authority blog. But GM tells The edge that certain 2022 Buick Enclaves, Chevy Traverses, and Cadillac XT5s and XT6s manufactured after August 2nd will also be affected.
Buyers of these vehicles will receive $ 75 credit in lieu of the wireless charging option. (GM is offering a similar $ 50 credit for vehicles that lack HD radio functionality.) The company is expected to manufacture these vehicles without wireless charging pads for the remainder of each model year.
“Our supply chain organization continues to work with our supply base to mitigate the short-term effects of the semiconductor situation,” the company said in a statement The edge. “GM continues to use every available semiconductor to build and supply our most popular and sought-after products, including our highly profitable full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers. However, the semiconductor situation remains fluid globally. “
The shortage of chips is wreaking havoc on the auto industry. Some companies have chosen to reduce overall production as a result, such as Ford, which shut down some F-150 production lines.
However, the resulting lack of supply is driving prices up and creating an extremely hot new car market. So many automakers like GM are still trying to get vehicles to dealerships even if they are lacking in some functionality. For example, Nissan makes some vehicles without a navigation system. Some new ram pickups no longer have a smart rearview mirror that improves blind spot monitoring. French automaker Renault ships some cars with a smaller entertainment screen and has also stopped wireless charging for certain models.
There are a number of factors driving the chip shortage, but many automakers made things worse when they first cut production targets in 2020 because of the pandemic. When sales quickly recovered, they were in a position with chips that were were now going elsewhere. Automakers are particularly vulnerable because they tend to use older, larger semiconductors.
It can only get worse. While some automakers were initially optimistic that the biggest impact 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 in an episode of decoder that the company is considering reaching out to the chipmakers directly to do business instead of going through suppliers. “I think boots are becoming more important to us on the ground in countries like Taiwan, China and Asia,” he said.
Farley also said that in the future he thinks his company will “[has] switch to 22 nm or smaller, more advanced [semiconductors], more importantly, within the company we need to be able to know what to choose and adapt the standard computers to work for us. “