The global chip shortage has been a talking point since few years. Recently, General Motors (GM) has announced a plan to drop the wireless smartphone charging from some new SUVs. It’s the latest feature to get the axe at the company due to the low supply of semiconductors, as GM has already pulled HD radio from some models, along with auto start-stop and a fuel management module that made pickup trucks slightly cleaner and more efficient.
A $75 credit instead of the wireless charging option buyers will get instead of wireless charging. The company is expected to make these vehicles without wireless charging pads through the rest of the respective model years.
“Our supply chain organization continues to make strides working with our supply base to mitigate the near-term impacts of the semiconductor situation,” the company said in a statement to The Verge. “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 semiconductor situation continues to remain fluid globally.”
There are a number of things driving the chip shortage, but many automakers made the situation worse for themselves when they initially lowered production targets in 2020 because of the pandemic. When sales rebounded quickly, they found themselves in a position where chips that were getting made were now going elsewhere. Automakers are especially vulnerable because they tend to use older, larger semiconductors.