Watt Electric Vehicle Co creating ‘the foundation’ for future niche EVs
Posted on 19 Feb 2021 and read 409 times
The end of January saw the launch of Watt Electric Vehicle Co
, a ‘technology leader’ in EV architecture and a manufacturer of premium EVs in its own right. The company has designed a ‘platform’ that enables low-to-medium-volume manufacturers of cars and commercial vehicles to ‘go electric’ without the cost burden of investing in their own specific chassis technology.
The brainchild of Neil Yates, Watt Electric Vehicle’s ‘Passenger and Commercial EV Skateboard’ (PACES) can support a broad range of future niche EVs. Flexible, scaleable, lightweight and cost effective, PACES is an adaptable bonded aluminium platform specifically designed for low-volume manufacture.
It can be applied to almost any size or shape of EV, from sports cars to buses — including FWD, RWD and AWD layouts. Moreover, it complies with all ISO regulations and European Small Series Type Approval crash standards.
Mr Yates said: “The key to PACES’ capability is its structure system. Whereas large-volume aluminium skateboard concepts use bespoke, complex and costly corner castings, PACES’ comprises lightweight extrusions –— flat laser-cut pieces — that interlock and bond together, an ‘innovation’ the company calls FlexTech; it forms chassis that are low cost, extremely rigid and accurate to within 1mm across the whole platform. Moreover, this system requires little upfront investment in tooling or post-assembly machining, further cutting manufacturing cost.
Mr Yates added: “Electrification is a major challenge for niche manufacturers. With low sales volumes, it is difficult for these businesses to invest in their own new specific EV technology and develop it in-house. Watt Electric Vehicle enables the niche vehicle industry to go electric with PACES.”
The first production car to use PACES will be Watt Electric Vehicle’s own coupe. A 1950s-inspired two-seat fixed-head electric sports car. Its rear-mounted electric motor will be available in two power outputs, with a 40kWh battery, giving a WLTP range of 230 miles.