Crosstown rival Ford is set to phase out AM radio functionality in its new vehicles, starting with the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang and 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup truck.
As reported by GM Authority sister-publication Ford Authority, almost all Ford vehicles – except commercial vehicles – will have AM radio functionality omitted sometime in the near future. This means that only the Ford Super Duty, Transit family, E-Series, and F-650/750 Stripped Chassis models will retain their AM radio in North America.
“We are transitioning from AM radio for most new and updated 2024 models,” Ford spokesperson Wes Sherwood was quoted as saying. “A majority of U.S. AM stations, as well as a number of countries and automakers globally, are modernizing radio by offering internet streaming through mobile apps, FM, digital, and satellite radio options. Ford will continue to offer these alternatives for customers to hear their favorite AM radio music, news and podcasts as we remove amplitude modulation – the definition of AM in this case – from most new and updated models we bring to market.”
Ford has cited AM frequencies interfering with electric vehicles as the main culprit for AM radio’s removal from the majority of the Blue Oval’s lineup. However, the 2024 Mustang, which will be an ICE-exclusive offering, will also no longer feature AM radio. So, the exact reasoning remains a mystery.
“There’s no question that AM radio plays a critical role in informing Americans and keeping them safe; it is the backbone of the Emergency Alert System,” senior vice president for communication at the National Association of Broadcasters Alex Siciliano was quoted as saying. “This is why numerous policymakers and FEMA representatives have sounded alarm bells for automakers. We are certain that Ford does not want to alienate the nearly 48 million Americans who listen to AM radio, and we’ll continue working closely with the Alliance for Automotive Innovation and individual manufacturers to keep this important service in cars.”
It’s worth noting that General Motors currently has no short-term plans to phase out AM radio functionality in its vehicle lineup. Specifically, a GM spokesperson stated to GM Authority that the automaker has made no changes to AM radio in all its current ICE vehicles and EVs, but can’t comment on future products.