Paris-based Constellium SE has announced that it will supply aluminum structural components for the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning that is expected to be available in the spring of 2022. Constellium-supplied structural components for the vehicle will include the windshield header, rocker and radiator support, among others.
Constellium says aluminum manages crash energy in certain front, side and rear impacts and provides intrusion resistance in electric vehicles, adding that plug-in hybrid and full battery electric vehicles use more aluminum than the typical internal combustion engine vehicle today.
“Constellium is proud to supply the electric Ford F-150 Lightning with recyclable aluminum and to contribute to Ford’s commitments to sustainability,” says Philippe Hoffmann, president of Constellium’s Automotive Structures & Industry business unit. “Aluminum is the metal of choice for electric vehicles and our light, strong, crash- and intrusion-resistant solutions help make electric vehicles safe and more sustainable.”
Constellium supplies rolled and extruded aluminum solutions for the global automotive market. The company says it has delivered more than 50 million components for Ford’s aluminum-intensive trucks and SUVs since 2015. Aluminum components offer the strength and stiffness needed for body structure applications while saving weight and integrating multiple parts into single pieces to reduce complexity and assembly time, the company says.
In addition to the F-150 Lightning, F-150 and Super Duty trucks, Constellium also supplies aluminum components and auto body sheet (ABS) for 10 additional Ford and Lincoln models, including ABS for reinforcements on the hood, doors and tailgate of the Ford Bronco; ABS for the hood and tailgate on the Ford Ranger; and roof bow, radiator support and ABS for the roof, doors, liftgate, hood and fenders of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. The company says its body structure components and crash management systems are supplied from its plant in Van Buren, Michigan, with ABS being provided by its Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility.