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22nd February 2018, Wantage

Williams to unveil new approach to EVs

Williams Advanced Engineering will introduce its lightweight electric vehicle (EV) platform at the forthcoming JEC World 2018 in Paris, demonstrating its proprietary capabilities in composite materials and processes, as well as in battery technologies.

With the automotive industry currently focused on how it transitions from the internal combustion engine to a fully electric future, a major challenge for manufacturers is how to maximise vehicle efficiency, given current limitations.

Williams has reimagined how electric cars are designed and constructed. © Williams Advanced Engineering

Responding to this challenge, Williams has reimagined how electric cars are designed and constructed. This new approach 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 integrated into a single, scalable platform.

As an example, Williams’ engineers have developed a highly automated, near zero waste process.  It is being implemented to create fibre reinforced suspension components on the EV platform, such as providing up to 40% weight reduction over a conventional aluminium wishbone and at comparable cost.  This will be on show at JEC World in Paris on the FW-EVX, at the UK National Composites Centre stand 6S72.

“As society looks to solutions for more sustainable mobility our industry needs to focus on lightweighting, aerodynamics and electrification,” said managing director Craig Wilson. “Williams Advanced Engineering’s people and capabilities offer our customers solutions to each and all of these challenges.  We look forward to sharing our technologies with delegates at JEC World 2018.”

Ahead of the show, Iain Bomphray, chief technology specialist for lightweight structures, will speak at the JEC Leadership Composites Circle Auto event at the Automobile Club de France in Paris on the evening of Monday 5th of March. Iain will explore pioneering new processes to address scale and volume challenges.

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