The all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning will be launched in spring 2022. Magna's innovative battery housing made of lightweight aluminum protects the power source and other electronic components of the vehicle.
Stable and secure battery housings are essential for electric vehicles because they protect the high-voltage batteries, electrical components, sensors and connectors. They also contribute to the structural and safety aspects of the vehicle frame, protecting critical components from potential impacts, heat and water. In addition, Magna's lightweight aluminum housing helps minimize the added mass of the F-150 Lightning's pickup battery.
The F-150 Lightning battery cases will be the first Magna builds for Ford in the North American market. For the battery housing, aluminum extrusions and stampings will be joined using a combination of laser hybrid and cold metal transfer (CMT) welding to ensure robustness.
»We are proud to be a major contributor to the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning with our innovative battery housing,« said John Farrell, president of Cosma International, Magna's body and chassis group. »The shift to electrification is significant for our industry, and it presents many opportunities for Magna to leverage our extensive engineering and manufacturing expertise to meet these challenges.«
Magna International, FORD-WERKE GmbH