New lightweight EV platform concept revealed
Williams Advanced Engineering revealed its lightweight EV platform concept, named the FW-EVX, at this year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Show, Millbrook.
Williams Advanced Engineering said it wanted to reimagine how electric cars are designed and constructed. The company took this design approach to make EVs lighter, safer, and greener with longer range and better performance.
The concept features battery pack design, cooling systems, and lightweight structures that have each been integrated into a single, scalable platform. The company says its engineers have developed a highly automated, near-zero waste process that is being implemented to create fiber-reinforced suspension components on the EV platform, providing up to 40% weight reduction over a conventional aluminum wishbone.
Another element being touted its process of forming high-strength 3D structures from 2D materials. In this instance, the process has created an exoskeleton for a battery module that also contributes to the structural performance of the battery.
Paul McNamara, Williams Advanced Engineering 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.”
Craig Wilson, Williams Advanced Engineering Managing Director, noted, “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.”