Constellium (NYSE: CSTM), a supplier of rolled and extruded aluminum solutions for the global automotive market, will supply aluminum structural components for the electric Ford F-150 Lightning, which is expected to go on sale in the spring of 2022. The F-150 Lightning, like all F-Series pickup trucks, makes extensive use of high-strength aluminum alloys.
Constellium-supplied structural components for the F-150 Lightning include the windshield header, rocker and radiator support.
Plug-in vehicles typically use more aluminum than legacy vehicles. Constellium calls aluminum “a natural choice for electric vehicles to manage crash energy in certain front, side and rear impacts, and provide intrusion resistance.” 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.
“Constellium is proud to supply the electric Ford F-150 Lightning with recyclable aluminum and to contribute to Ford’s commitments to sustainability,” said 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.”