Magna has announced a new partnership with GM through which it will supply battery enclosures for the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
The enclosures will be produced at the supplier’s Electric Vehicle Structures facility in St. Clair, Michigan – the plant where it is also working with GM on battery enclosures for the GMC Hummer EV. Production on the Silverado EV’s enclosures is expected to begin later in 2023. Magna’s work with GM follows its commitment to invest $500 million (€466.8 million) into the 740,000 square-foot expansion of its St. Clair location and the development of two new plants in Michigan.
Battery enclosures are a necessity for BEVs, housing high-voltage batteries, electrical components, sensors, and connectors. They contribute to the structural and safety aspects of the EV frame while protecting critical battery components from potential impact, heat, and water intrusion. At its Electric Vehicle Structures facility, Magna has said that it can develop these assemblies in steel, aluminum, and multi-material configurations, including lightweight composites, to meet the individual needs of its customers.