One thing you don’t need in an electric car is excess weight, that weight reduces range. In steps Williams Advanced Engineering, who brings the best of its expertise, including that gained in F1, to the electric car world. The engineering ‘heavyweight’ has revealed a innovative lightweight EV platform concept, named the FW-EVX.
This new platform is designed to make EVs lighter, safer and greener, with longer range and better performance. The concept features several innovations in battery pack design, cooling systems and lightweight structures, which have each been cleverly integrated into a single, scalable, modular platform.
Weight saving is achieved in part by a Williams’ developed highly automated, near zero waste process to create fibre reinforced suspension components, providing up to 40% weight reduction over a conventional aluminium wishbone.
Another innovation being showcased is the process of forming high-strength 3D structures from 2D materials which, in this instance, has created an exoskeleton for a battery module that also contributes to the structural performance of the battery.
Developed by in-house specialists in aerodynamics, electric systems, advanced lightweight structures and vehicle integration, the concept highlights Williams Advanced Engineering’s expertise in accelerating ground-up innovations into demonstrable products available to its customers.
Craig Wilson, Williams Advanced Engineering Managing Director, said:
“This represents a new direction for Williams’ advanced engineering business, as its own R&D team has developed the proprietary innovations and has submitted patents for a number of the inventions. We believe there is a high potential business opportunity here, and are excited to see where this could take us.”