This could be a game-changer for electric cars.
After several collaborations with carmakers, the latest being Singer Vehicle Design's DLS, Williams Advanced Engineering has provided an update on its EV platform that was first introduced back in 2017. The British firm has announced that it has joined forces with Italdesign, the same bunch of people responsible for the most extreme GT-R you've ever seen.
The EVX modular electric vehicle platform that Williams first announced almost four years ago is the basis of the project and will see Italdesign handle the styling of vehicles that are built on it.
But what makes this platform special? After all, even small companies are capable of producing such a thing. Well, as a truly modular platform, it allows for sports GTs, crossovers, convertibles, and sedans to be built on it and features a composite structural battery that will help create cars that have class-leading weight and chassis stiffness. Furthermore, the modular battery system enables outputs of up to 1,000 kilowatts or the ability for EVs to travel 1,000 kilometers (620+ miles).
Williams is calling this a "fully customizable solution" that is "adaptable to individual brands' needs". Essentially, Williams has created a class-leading platform that is stiffer and lighter than just about anything out there and is offering this platform to anyone who is interested, with Italdesign being available to style the car in whatever way the buying brand would like.
Williams says that the platform is capable of supporting production runs of up to 10,000 units, up to 500 of which could be manufactured by Italdesign at its facilities. And thanks to the fact that the battery casing is integrated into parts of the vehicle that would normally be perceived as part of the body structure, Williams says that the platform is light, stiff, and easy to put a fresh body on - regardless of what type of car it is used for.
Who knows? Maybe the next Nissan GT-R will roll on something like this.