Will Ford and Lincoln keep AM radio?

Ford plans to keep AM radio in its 2024 vehicles. Ford Electric Vehicles (EVs) without AM capability will get a software update.

As electrical demands increase in modern vehicles, and some vehicles are fully electric, AM radio reception is compromised with interference, static, or poor reception. A few manufacturers have decided to discontinue offering AM radio in vehicles. Some emergency, traffic, and road condition broadcasts continue to be broadcast on AM radio.

Ford CEO Jim Farley made the following announcement on May 23, 2023:

"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 & Lincoln vehicles. For any owners of Ford EVs without AM broadcast capability, we'll offer a software update. Customers can currently listen to AM radio content in a variety of ways in our vehicles – including via streaming – and we will continue to innovate to deliver even better in-vehicle entertainment and emergency notification options in the future. Thanks to our product development and manufacturing teams for their quick response to make this change for our customers."