The American Iron and Steel Institute have awarded the Automotive Excellence Award to Ford Motor Company for their advanced high-strength steel innovations in the all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The award was presented by AISI’s Automotive Program Vice President Mr John Catterall at the 20th annual Great Designs in Steel in-person symposium at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi in Michigan in US. Ford’s former North American Engineering Body Exterior Chief Engineer Mr Mark Mikolaiczik received the award for his GDIS 2021 presentation, titled Mustang Mach-E. Mr Catterall said “Steel is driving innovation, and Mike and the Ford team are a great example of the capability of incorporating these next generation steel grades in electric vehicles.”Ford developed a platform to capture the spirit and performance of the Mustang brand while offering an all-new driving experience through an electric all-wheel drive, eAWD. The vehicle also provides excellent occupant and storage space. The application of AHSS, which represents more than 50% of this body’s structural weight, allows for optimal strength-to-weight that delivers outstanding safety ratings with an exciting driving dynamic. While the overall vehicle weight increased by 36% because of electrification, that led to the development of unique body load path solutions and the use of Martensite 1700 MPa steel to meet crash requirements and protect the battery system.Great Designs in Steel debuted in 2002 with 545 registrants and has grown in attendance and scope. In 2021, more than 1,400 attendees from North American vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, equipment suppliers, academia, media and the steel industry registered for the virtual event. 2022 marks the symposium’s 20th year with more than 1,500 registrants.AISI automotive program members include ArcelorMittal, Cleveland Cliffs Inc and Nucor Corporation.