The new battery enclosures will be produced at Magna’s facility in St. Clair, Michigan, with production slated to kick off later this year. Magna already produces the battery enclosures for the GMC Hummer EV, which are also produced at Magna’s Electric Vehicle Structures facility in St. Clair. The parts manufacturer announced a fresh round of investments last October that included $500 million for three separate facilities, with the investment at the St. Clair facility expected to create 920 new jobs. Magna is now hiring to fill these positions.
Battery enclosures are a critical component for all-electric vehicles like the Chevy Silverado EV, and include housing for the high-voltage cells, as well as the related electrical components, sensors, and connectors. What’s more, the enclosures form an integral structural component and safety aspect of the vehicle, protecting batteries from impact, heat, and water intrusion. Magna’s battery enclosures are developed using advanced assemblies in steel, aluminum, and multi-material configurations in order to meet the individual needs of customers.
“We have been able to leverage our expertise to supply battery enclosures – a product for which we see strong potential going forward,” said the President of Magna’s body and chassis group, John O’Hara. “We have our eye on the future and are proud to play such a critical role in GM’s next generation of electric trucks.”
GM unveiled the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV last year at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show. Riding on the GM BT1 platform and utilizing GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motors, the range-topping Chevy Silverado EV RST First Edition model delivers 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque, traversing upwards of 400 miles on a full charge. Production of the Chevy Silverado EV will take kick off this spring at the GM Factory Zero plant in Michigan.