AURORA, Ontario – Magna has announced a new contract with General Motors (GM) to produce battery enclosures for the upcoming 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV. The enclosures will be manufactured at Magna’s Electric Vehicle Structures facility located in St. Clair, Michigan, which already produces battery enclosures for the GMC HUMMER EV. The company has recently invested significantly in the facility to support the growing demand for electric vehicles, and production is expected to begin in late 2023.
According to John O’Hara, President of Magna’s body and chassis group, the company is excited about the growth opportunities presented by the accelerating shift toward vehicle electrification. Magna is leveraging its expertise to supply battery enclosures, which it sees as having strong potential in the future. The company is proud to be playing such a critical role in GM’s next generation of electric trucks.
Battery enclosures are essential components for all battery electric vehicles as they house high-voltage batteries, electrical components, sensors, and connectors. They also contribute to the structural and safety aspects of a vehicle’s frame while protecting critical battery components from impact, heat, and water intrusion. Magna has the capability to develop advanced assemblies in steel, aluminum, and multi-material configurations, including lightweight composites, to meet the individual needs of its customers.
Magna Electric Vehicle Structures, which first opened in 2021, is undergoing a 740,000 square-foot expansion to its existing facility in St. Clair. The company is currently hiring for various positions, including managers, engineers, and operators.
Magna is more than one of the world’s largest suppliers in the automotive space. We are a mobility technology company with a global, entrepreneurial-minded team of over 168,000 employees and an organizational structure designed to innovate like a startup. With 65+ years of expertise, and a systems approach to design, engineering and manufacturing that touches nearly every aspect of the vehicle, we are positioned to support advancing mobility in a transforming industry. Our global network includes 343 manufacturing operations and 88 product development, engineering and sales centres spanning 29 countries.