Scalable Williams Platform Aims To Simplify EV Production

A modular new EV platform by renowned British engineering firm Williams Advanced Engineering promises longer range, better performance, and lighter weight.

The FW-EVX concept, debuting Sept. 6-7 at the Low Carbon Vehicle Show in Millbrook, UK, offers in one scalable architecture another option to electric carmakers, or so is the intent.

In their spiffy new design, Williams’ engineers derived their latest-tech into the battery pack and cooling systems to shave weight along with other components pared down to cut kilograms. The end goal was no less than to reimagine how EVs are designed and constructed.

One of the innovations includes new fiber-reinforced suspension up to 40-percent lighter than a conventional aluminum wishbone suspension.

Another has been high-strength 3D structures coming from 2D materials. One of the new structures has created an exoskeleton for a battery module designed to improve the structural performance of the battery.

“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,” said Craig Wilson, managing director. “We believe there is a high potential business opportunity here, and are excited to see where this could take us.”

Williams is well-known for working with automakers, motorsports teams, aerospace companies, and other industry sectors with which it has shared know-how in engineering and technology, operational performance, testing, and manufacturing services.

Clients include Aston Martin and its first production electric car scheduled for 2019, and for race cars entered into the Formula E and Formula One series.

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“Vehicle efficiency has always been core to Williams – whether it be in Formula One or with Williams Advanced Engineering’s customer projects. These technologies, and our thinking around how to create a tightly integrated, light-weight chassis and powertrain package, have the potential to greatly increase the competitiveness of the next generation of electric vehicles,” said Paul McNamara, technical director.

“By making EVs more attractive to consumers, we can help accelerate their adoption and the air quality benefits they bring,” he said.


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