Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) and Italdesign have announced their partnership to provide the automotive industry with world-class production of high-performance electric vehicles.
The idea of the two giants is to combine an EVX (modular vehicle platform) rolling chassis that distills WAE’s expertise in electrification, lightness, innovative chassis structures, and vehicle and system integration into an advanced architecture with vehicle development services from the Italian company, Italdesign.
The automotive sector would benefit from the experience of two world leaders in electric vehicle engineering and vehicle design.
EVX integrates the battery layer with elements that are most commonly perceived as part of a chassis structure. The front and rear body structures are mounted on the carbon composite shell and impact loads can be transferred via internal bracing to the integral side sills.
The resulting higher profile cross section achieves much of the torsional stiffness needed to deliver the full potential of the platform.
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Using the WAE rolling body as the basis, Italdesign’s engineering team then completes the vehicle design with safety systems, structures and devices.
Now the new platform will be able to support production runs of up to 10,000 units, up to 500 of which could be manufactured by Italdesign in its facilities.
With the new partnership, EVX reduces the investment cost. It should be noted that the platform has the capacity to offer 1000kW of power with 104kWh-120kWh of energy.
Williams Advanced Engineering and its history in motorsports
It is important to mention that WAE was the original battery supplier for the entire International Automobile Federation (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, FIA) Formula E World Championship grid vehicles in its inaugural season in 2014 and the relationship has been revived for the 2022-23 season with the new Gen3 regulations.
WAE also supplies battery systems to ETCR and Extreme-E and has considerable experience in high performance electrified road vehicle programs dating back over a decade.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago