Ford Closes Orders for 2022 Mustang Mach-E Because of Demand
【Summary】The ongoing chip shortage continues to be a major issue for the American automaker, as it recently announced that it would stop accepting orders for the sporty electric SUV.
Ford can't seem to catch a break with the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. Consumers that were hoping to purchase a Ford Mustang Mach-E for its second model year are going to have to hear some bad news. Ford stopped officially accepting orders for the 2022 Mach-E on April 20th, as it claims that it can't keep up with demand.
Mach-E Orders Closed
The latest decision to stop accepting orders for the electric crossover come after another recent decision to close the order books for certain models. Emma Bergg, a Ford spokeswoman, told the Detroit Free Press that the automaker simply has too many orders coming in for the SUV. "Due to unprecedented demand, retail order banks are closed for the MY22 (Model Year 2022) in the U.S. We will continue to sell the limited number of units remaining from dealer stock. We will communicate MY23 (Model Year 2023) ordering details as soon as available."
Earlier this March, Ford stopped accepting orders for the Premium and California Route 1 trim levels of the Mach-E. Before that, in February, the automaker shut down production of the electric crossover because of the ongoing chip shortage. Clearly, 2022 has been a difficult year for the EV.
The American automaker didn't provide a specific reason for its decision to stop accepting orders. With the other stoppages being blamed on the chip shortage, we're inclined to believe that this one is, too. There is a chance that Ford could simply be at production capacity for the electric vehicle.
Can Ford Boost Production
Ford has reportedly sold 6,734 units of the Mach-E in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2022. Last year, Ford sold a total of 27,140 Mach-E SUVs. Ford originally planned to boost production of the electric SUV this year. The automaker stated that it wanted to hit an annual production of 200,000 units per year in 2023. Ford will begin manufacturing the 2023 model in the fall of 2022 with deliveries set to begin in early 2023.
The other thing to consider is that Ford's Mexico plant where the Mach-E is built is also in charge of manufacturing EVs for global markets. The automaker just started to build and deliver Mach-E SUVs for China before the end of 2021. There was a lot of strong consumer demand for the vehicle in the country. Because of strong demand for the vehicle in and out of the U.S. and the ongoing chip shortage, we don't think Ford will be able to hit its production figures anytime soon.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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