Ford has long enjoyed a sound relationship with Magna, which is one of the largest suppliers of automotive parts in the world. The 60+-year-old company has been expanding its offerings to include EV parts in recent months and is now making battery enclosures for those models, and is also expanding its operations in St. Thomas to include a new 170,000 square foot facility in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, where it will build battery enclosures for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and create 150 new jobs to do so.
The enclosures are a necessary component for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and all other EVs, as they serve to house high-voltage batteries, electrical components, sensors, and connectors, contributing to the structure and safety of an EV’s frame and protecting critical components from potential impact, heat, and water. The Magna units being made for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning are the largest lightweight aluminum battery enclosures currently on the market and are also the very first to be used on a work truck – the Lightning Pro.
“With the hard work of our team members in our Formet, St. Thomas facility, we have been able to secure additional business that allows us to grow in two great communities,” said Mark Johnson, Magna’s Formet Industries General Manager. “We are coming to Chatham with new job opportunities working on an exciting new technology that offers a lot of growth potential.”
In recent weeks, Ford has shown off the extreme durability testing it has subjected the F-150 Lightning to and revealed the EV pickup’s official estimated EPA range numbers ahead of the vehicle’s launch this spring. The innovative pickup – which will be able to power entire houses when properly equipped – is currently one of the most considered electrified vehicles on the market. The first batch of F-150 Lightning models has already been scheduled for production, with the next wave of order conversations set to take place this summer.