It’s shaping up to be a big week for electric vehicle supply chain news in Michigan. Piggy-backing on Ford’s latest news that its multi-billion-dollar battery facility will be built in a new facility in Marshall, Mich., GM and long-time supplier partner Magna have confirmed that the latter will produce battery enclosures for the new Chevy Silverado EV in the same St. Clair, Mich., facility where it builds them for GMC’s Hummer EV. The news is certainly no surprise to anybody who follows GM’s electrification efforts, but it’s noteworthy nonetheless.
“The accelerating shift toward vehicle electrification opens up exciting growth opportunities for Magna beyond powertrain,” said John O’Hara, president of Magna’s body and chassis group. “We have been able to leverage our expertise to supply battery enclosures – a product for which we see strong potential going forward. We have our eye on the future and are proud to play such a critical role in GM’s next generation of electric trucks.”
The components (individual batteries, electrical components, sensors, and connectors) we collectively refer to as the battery in a modern EV are packaged together in enclosures designed to protect them from debris and water intrusion and provide a crash structure in the event of a collision.