General Motors is removing the wireless charging feature for smartphones from some new SUVs due to a global shortage of chips. This became the latest feature to be abandoned by the company due to the short supply of semiconductors. General Motors has pulled the high-resolution radio from some models, along with the auto start feature and the fuel management unit.
Some 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban models, as well as the GMC Yukon, manufactured after July 12, no longer include the wireless charging pad. Some 2022 Buick Enclaves, Chevy Traverses, Cadillac XT5s, and Cadillac XT6s built after August 2 were also affected.
Buyers of these vehicles get a $75 credit instead of the wireless charging option. General Motors is offering a $50 credit for vehicles that lack the HD Radio feature. The company is expected to manufacture these vehicles without wireless charging pads during the rest of the model years in question.
the company said, our supply chain organization continues to take strides in working with our supply base to mitigate the near-term effects of the semiconductor situation. General Motors continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular products. However, the situation for semiconductors is still poor globally.
The lack of chips is causing problems in the auto industry. Some companies chose to cut overall production as a result, such as Ford, which halted some F-150 assembly lines. The resulting shortage of supply led to higher prices. Many automakers such as General Motors are still trying to deliver vehicles to dealers even if they are missing some features.
Nissan, for example, makes some vehicles without navigation systems. And some new Ram trucks no longer come with a smart rearview mirror that improves blind-spot monitoring. French carmaker Renault is charging some cars with a smaller entertainment screen and has removed wireless charging from certain models.
There are a number of things driving the chip shortage. But many automakers made the situation worse for themselves when they initially slashed production targets in 2020 due to the pandemic. And when sales rebounded quickly, they found themselves in a situation where the chips that were being manufactured were going elsewhere.
It may also get worse. While some automakers were initially optimistic that the most severe impact would be felt in the first half of 2021, Volkswagen recently warned that the second half of this year could be even tougher.