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Decarbonizing Transportation: Driving Electric Vehicle Production

June 22, 2023
Erection engineering keeps partially erected steel structures stable during construction.
Erection engineering keeps partially erected steel structures stable during construction. Thornton Tomasetti

As demand for electric vehicles (EVs) grows, we’re partnering with steel fabricators and erectors to optimize constructability for several U.S. manufacturing facilities.

Our construction engineering services streamline fabrication and simplify erection to speed construction:

  • At Ford’s Blue Oval City, a sustainable EV and battery manufacturing campus in Tennessee, we provided erection engineering for an assembly building and connection design for a stamping facility.
  • In Arizona, we’re helping EV start-up Lucid Motors expand its production facility by two million square feet.

Fire Safety for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Electrification is a vital component of decarbonization – and that makes energy storage critical to efforts to limit climate change. But lithium-ion batteries in energy storage systems and electric vehicles pose unique fire and explosion risks.

We manage these risks through holistic analysis of the ways people, products and building systems interact. Using science and engineering, we can help incorporate this important technology safely.

  • In Indiana, we’re providing erection engineering to Samsung and Stellantis – parent company of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and more – for a plant that will produce lithium-ion EV batteries.
  • At Envision AESC in Kentucky, we’re working on a plant that will produce the next generation of ultraefficient lithium-ion battery cells, helping make EVs more accessible and affordable.

These new manufacturing facilities won’t just deliver products – they’ll also energize local economies, jump-start resilient supply chains and power a more sustainable tomorrow.