Williams Advanced Engineering (yup, the F1 guys) is demonstrating its efficient engineering prowess with a new electric platform concept. Called FW-EVX, the chassis has been designed to make electric vehicles lighter, safer and more efficient.
The most important outcomes of this tech will be more speed and extra range for your future electric car.
With the automobile industry currently on the verge of a huge transition from the internal combustion engine to a fully electric one, maximum vehicle efficiency is the key to overcome current limitations and drastically reduce costs. It is, virtually a back to the drawing board approach.
The FW-EVX (Williams needs a cool guy in their naming department) concept features new perspectives in battery pack design, cooling systems and lightweight structures, all integrated into a single, scalable platform.
#1. Williams’ engineers have developed a highly automated, near zero waste process that is being implemented to create fibre reinforced suspension components on the EV platform, providing up to 40% weight reduction over a conventional aluminium wishbone.
#2. The new EV chassis constructed from high-strength 3D structures from 2D materials which, in this case, has smartly 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 right-from-scratch 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.”
Paul McNamara, their Technical Director, said: “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. By making EVs more attractive to consumers, we can help accelerate their adoption and the air quality benefits they bring.”
Awesome job Williams. Now, how about the missing top half of the FW-EVX? 🙂
Images, Information: Williams Advanced Engineering
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