By Chris Isidore, CNN Enterprise

The auto business has a saying: You may’t construct a automotive with 99% of the elements. However the pc chip scarcity is proving that adage mistaken.

Ford will start delivery Explorer SUVs with out all of its chips to handle the tight stock of automobiles accessible on the market at dealerships.

The automaker disclosed this weekend that it could construct Explorers with out rear-seat controls for the air conditioner and warmth. The motive force and front-seat passenger will nonetheless be capable of regulate local weather controls for backseat passengers — however individuals within the again received’t be capable of change the temperature themselves.

“We’re doing this as a option to get our prospects their automobiles sooner,” stated Ford spokesperson Stated Deep.

He stated Ford had already provided patrons of its best-selling F-150 pickup a alternative: They might surrender a fuel-saving function known as “start-stop” and get a $50 credit score — or they may anticipate the truck to be constructed with the function. Begin-stop mechanically turns the engine off when the truck comes to an entire cease, and restarts it when the motive force takes his or her foot off the brake.

The beginning-stop choice is just accessible on the time an F-150 is constructed, and can’t be added after the very fact. However Deep stated Ford will be capable of set up the rear-seat local weather management function on Explorers shipped with out the function as soon as the chips grow to be accessible. It will likely be added at dealerships without charge to the house owners.

Nearly all automakers have been compelled to quickly shut manufacturing at a few of their factories over the past yr and a half as a result of lack of pc chips and, in some circumstances, different elements. The decreased inventories of latest automobiles on the market have lifted automotive costs to report ranges — a significant factor in America’s highest charge of inflation in almost 40 years.

Ford just isn’t the one automaker delivery automobiles with out all of the options they had been designed to incorporate.

Final yr Basic Motors was compelled to quickly cease providing a number of options, together with a gas administration module designed to enhance mileage within the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups by about one mile per gallon. GM additionally stopped providing a stop-start function on a few of its heavy-duty pickups.

GM additionally needed to exclude some consolation options, akin to heated and cooled seats in a wide range of fashions, the adjustable lumbar help within the Cadillac XT4, in addition to parking help options. However GM additionally expects will probably be capable of supply a free retrofit for these options as soon as the chips grow to be accessible.

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