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Lightweight platform concept points the way to longer-range EVs

•, Scott Collie

Now, the firm is demonstrating its versatility with a new electric platform concept. Dubbed FW-EVX, the chassis has been designed to make electric vehicles lighter, safer and more efficient.

According to Williams, the thinking behind FW-EVX is simple. The motoring industry is currently trying to plot a course from a reliance on internal combustion power to the wide adoption of electric vehicles, but battery technology (or the world, depending on who you ask) isn't quite ready. Williams has tried to extract more range and performance from EVs by taking a fresh look at how they're designed and built.

To start with, the engineers have developed a new process for building carbon fiber reinforced suspension components for the platform. It's highly automated, produces very little waste and provides a claimed 40 percent weight saving over a conventional aluminum wishbone.

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