Magna has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in St. Clair, Michigan, that will build complex battery enclosures for the all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Construction of the 345,000 square-foot facility, named Magna Electric Vehicle Structures, represents more than a $70 million investment that is likely to bring more than 300 jobs to the city during the next five years. This new business with GM marks an evolution as the company expands its capabilities in all aspects of the vehicle electrification. (see AutoInformed.com on Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for the New Hummer EV, GMC Hummer EV – Its First All-Electric Truck)
The battery enclosure contributes to structural and safety aspects of a vehicle’s frame and protects high-voltage batteries from damage and water. Magna says it can develop these assemblies in steel, aluminum, and multi-material configurations, including lightweight composites, to meet the individual needs of its customers.
“The move toward electrification allows us to rethink what is possible and demonstrate how we can leverage our core strengths to continue bringing customers innovative solutions that help them meet their goals, no matter how challenging,” claims John Farrell, President of Cosma International, Magna’s body and chassis group.