Magna will play a lead role in the integration and development of electric drive systems for future Ford vehicles like this prototype Focus.
Magna International’s (www.magna.on.ca) efforts to gain a foothold in the vehicle electrification business have taken root with the announcement of a partnership with Ford to bring a fully-electric passenger car to market by 2011. “We are designing the whole battery power system for the vehicle, which will include the design and integration of the battery pack,” says Ted Robertson, Magna’s Chief Technical Officer. Magna will provide the vehicle’s electric traction motor, transmission, motor controller, energy storage system, and battery charger, while also taking the lead on integrating the battery pack into the vehicle platform itself. “We want to be a key supplier on almost all components to electrify the vehicle and that can include batteries and battery packs. We are not in those businesses right now but we have been looking at it for quite a while,” says Don Walker, the co-CEO of Magna. Ford and Magna already have a developmental stage Focus in testing. The car is powered by a 23-kWh lithium-ion battery pack made up of seven modules with 14 cells each capable of achieving a driving range of 100 miles. The battery can be recharged in approximately 12 hours using a 110-volt power source.