Advances in EVs top this weeks’s edition of the “Gas2 Week in Review.” We start off with a story from Williams Advanced Engineering, those folks behind the Formula E racing series batteries. Williams has revealed an innovative electric car platform concept that has the potential to improve vehicle efficiency substantially. Tesla, as always, was also in the news— this time with two Morgan Stanley analysts predicting that Tesla will unveil its Semi at the NACV show in Atlanta on September 25.
Tesla is not the only manufacturer whose large capacity EV is making the headlines. Motiv Power is providing thirteen electric buses to school districts in the Sacramento area and, in doing so, improving air quality for the children it serves. Catching the electric wave is Jaguar Land Rover, which announced that it will produce only vehicles with electric motors and batteries from 2020 onward. Jaguar is also inspiring its classic car owners to join the EV cult, as it will reconfigure its iconic XK-E as an electric vehicle.
Here are those stories and more on this week’s edition of “The Gas2 Week in Review.”
A new chassis from William Advanced Engineering called the FW-EVX will make EVs lighter, safer, and more environmentally friendly. The Williams chassis eliminates the conventional strut-style front and rear suspension layout. Innovations in battery pack design, cooling systems, and lightweight structures are integrated into a single, scalable platform. Less weight, which translates into better performance and longer range, is a critical factor for potential EV customers and marks one of the most significant advances in EVs in recent years. Williams’ carbon fiber suspension components, made with a proprietary zero waste process, are 40% lighter than conventional aluminum pieces.