Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), a UK-based tech and engineering firm, says it is working on new carbon composites that offer comparable performance to existing options, but at a cost that brings them within reach of mainstream applications. WAE says carbon fiber reinforced polymer’s (CFRP) high strength-to-weight ratio, stiffness, and resistance to fatigue and its environment… Read more »
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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering have signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate ultra-lightweight materials, battery technologies and electrical cell chemistries into Airbus’s Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) program. Zephyr is a solar-powered unmanned aerial system, or drone, that will fly at more than 65,000 feet – above commercial air traffic – for… Read more »
Williams Advanced Engineering unveiled a lightweight EV platform concept called the FW-EVX at the recent Low Carbon Vehicle Show in Millbrook, UK. The concept features several innovations in battery pack design, cooling systems and lightweight structures, all integrated into a single scalable platform. Williams’s engineers developed an automated, near-zero-waste process that creates fiber-reinforced suspension components… Read more »
The fully electric racing series that is scheduled to begin in 2014. Williams will partner with Spark Racing Technology, which is building the 42 Formula E cars.
Williams Advanced Engineering is famous for its high-performance powertrains – it’s involved in building the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar and an Aston Martin electric concept, as well as supplying batteries for the Formula E electric racing series. The company’s expertise about combining energy efficiency and performance can be applied to more prosaic vehicles as well…. Read more »
If Formula E is a dignified ambassador for electric performance, Extreme E is an in-your-face wild beast (but with a green conscience). Custom electric off-road SUVs tear through some of the harshest and most vehicle-punishing terrain on the globe. Extreme E’s first race, the Desert X Prix, took place on April 3 and 4, on… Read more »
Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore has signed a ten-year contract with Oxis Energy valued at $5 million to build the world’s first luxury boat to be powered by Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) batteries. The objective is to achieve a range of 70 to 100 nautical miles at cruising speed. Oxis will work with YdL to design… Read more »
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has announced a partnership with Belgian materials technology and recycling group Umicore to recycle the Li-ion battery units and cells used during the first two seasons of the racing series. The batteries from Formula E’s first two seasons, which were built by Williams Advanced Engineering, have been collected and… Read more »
City, University of London has received a £121,000 grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Williams Advanced Engineering to test several promising thermal management technologies in a project known as Battery Integrated Power Electronics for EV Drive train (BIPED). The project seeks to distribute battery packs and circuitry in a way that… Read more »
British startup Dendrobium Automotive recently made its public debut at the ultra-exclusive Salon Privé garden party at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The Duke of Marlborough was among the distinguished guests who were keen to discuss the new zero-emission D-1 hypercar. The electric Dendrobium D-1 was developed in the UK with the support of the famous… Read more »