Over the past several months, FoMoCo has been cancelling orders for a number of its hotter models and pushing them to the next model year as demand exceeds its production capacity. Most recently, that list includes the 2022 Ford Transit Connect van, 2022 Ford Escape crossover, and 2022 Ford Maverick pickup. In the meantime, Ford is still building what it calls “vehicles on wheels” – models that are missing certain parts, 40,000 or so of which are expected to be shipped out by the end of the year. However, as Ford Authority reported last month, a number of Ford Police Interceptor Utility orders have also reportedly been cancelled lately, causing issues for police departments across the country. Now, it seems as if even more have been nixed, according to the Boothbay Register.
Back in February, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department in Maine received authorization to purchase two Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles from a local dealer, Quirk Ford. However, when late October rolled around, the department received notification from the automaker itself that its order had been cancelled.
“This has left us scrambling. I don’t know whether it’s supply chain issues or what. All I know is they told us they couldn’t fill the order,” said Sheriff Todd Brackett.
This situation is essentially identical to ones facing other police departments around the country, which have had their Ford Police Interceptor Utility orders cancelled without any sort of reason being given. Recently, a spokesperson for the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas was told that Ford has canceled multiple orders for that particular model across the country recently. The automaker didn’t provide an explanation for why this is happening, though it’s likely due to supply chain constraints, as has typically been the case.