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DEARBORN, May 23, 2023 ~ After concerns were raised by lawmakers, the Ford Motor Co. is reversing course on abandoning AM radio in its vehicles.
On Tuesday, Ford CEO Jim Farley announced on social media that AM radio will stay in all 2024 vehicles, and that any cars already purchased can be updated to include it. This announcement came shortly after the company teased it is gearing towards its next generation of electric vehicles.
Following Ford’s announcement on dropping AM radio earlier this year, a bipartisan bill in Congress called the “AM for Every Vehicle Act” was introduced. Lawmakers cited AM radio’s role in broadcasting emergency alerts as to why it should stay in future vehicles.
“After speaking with policy leaders about the importance of AM broadcast radio as a part of the emergency alert system, we have decided to include it on all 2024 Ford and Lincoln Motor Co. vehicles,” Farley said on Twitter. “For any owners of Ford EVs without AM broadcast capability, we will offer a software update.”
After speaking with policy leaders about the importance of AM broadcast radio as a part of the emergency alert system, we’ve decided to include it on all 2024 @Ford & @LincolnMotorCo vehicles. For any owners of Ford EVs without AM broadcast capability, we’ll offer a software…— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) May 23, 2023
May 23, 2023 ~ Chief of TheDetroitBureau.com Paul Eisenstein talks to Sean Baligian about this week’s Ford Motor Co. investor meeting and updates on its next electric vehicle fleet.
(CONTINUED) This announcement also followed an investor meeting, where Ford executives disccused its upcoming EV fleet, slated for a 2025 release. Among the cars being developed is a three-row, electric SUV.
Chief of TheDetroitBureau.com Paul Eisenstein said on 760 WJR’s “The Paul W. Smith Show“ that Ford should work towards driving EV prices down for consumers and competing with other EV manufacturers by working to maximize battery range.
“(Ford) is going to have a broad range of battery electric vehicles,” Eisenstein said. “The industry is beginning to see EV’s in every product segments out there.”
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