May 3, 2019

  • Company at Battery Show Europe and Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, Stuttgart
  • Focus on Williams’ battery management system leadership – “The Brains Behind the Battery”
  • First large-scale production 800V pure electric car battery to market on display
  • Company won UK’s 2018 Queen’s Award applying Formula E battery know-how into the market
  • Experience powering first four seasons of Formula E, now to power Extreme E and ETCR racing


WAE will exhibit and brief delegates on current and future developments in electric vehicle battery technology leadership at the Battery Show Europe and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Stuttgart, Germany on the 7th to the 9th of May.

Exhibiting on stand G341, the company will showcase the way it has taken its experience as a foundation technical partner in Formula E, powering every car on the grid for the first four seasons of racing with a more than 99.5% reliability rate on-track, into electric vehicles on land, in the water and the air.  WAE will exhibit its expertise across electrification but particularly in battery management systems – the ‘Brains Behind the Battery’.

In addition, on display on the WAE stand, will be an example of the battery developed for Aston Martin’s first electric vehicle, the Rapide E.  This battery will be the first large-scale production 800V pure electric vehicle battery to market, to be built by Hyperbat, a WAE joint venture with Unipart Manufacturing Group in Coventry, UK to open later this year.  The battery also uses Williams’ expertise in lightweight materials.

“The WAE team is looking forward to demonstrating our world-leading capabilities in vehicle electrification and batteries in Stuttgart, building on our success powering Formula E and several well-known electric vehicles,” said Craig Wilson, Managing Director of WAE.  “As well as demonstrating some of our current projects in this field we will also be exploring our research and partnership work for the next generation of vehicle batteries and battery management systems.  This will include our joint venture with Unipart Manufacturing Group, Hyperbat, which begins production this year with the Aston Martin Rapide E as its  launch project.”

Dr Wasim Sarwar, Technical Specialist – Battery Systems, at WAE will speak at the Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, exploring the development of cutting-edge battery packs using next generation cell chemistries.

WAE is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group, which also comprises ROKiT Williams Racing in Formula One. The company provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing and manufacturing services to deliver energy efficient performance to customers. The capabilities of WAE’s people in new materials, electrification and battery technology, aerodynamics and thermodynamics, business performance and specialist low volume manufacturing apply across industry.  Working in close collaboration with its customers, WAE helps meet the engineering challenges of the 21st century, mobility, sustainability and efficiency.

Following the development in-house of a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for Formula One racing, Williams developed core capabilities in batteries and electrification.  These have been applied into Formula E, where WAE helped to launch the series and power all cars on the grid for the first four seasons of racing and then on into vehicles off the racetrack.  For example, the foundational project for WAE in 2010 was with Jaguar, the C-X75.  While a final decision was made not to go into production, many technologies from the project have found their way onto the road.

Since then WAE has been at the forefront of electric vehicle development and a leader as an integrator of new technology into batteries.  The company’s expertise is sought after by manufacturers around the world.  Recognising its leadership in battery technology, the company was honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category in 2018 for its transfer of battery know-how from Formula E to electric vehicles on the road and beyond.  Alongside electric cars and a continuing role as technical partner to Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Formula E, the company has also worked on electrification projects for the likes of Brompton Bicycles and Jaguar Vector Racing as the former launched an electric version of its world-famous folding bike and the latter broke the world speed record for an electric boat.  In addition, WAE has explored ways to secure a second life for electric vehicle batteries, including the NETfficient project, using Nissan Leaf batteries for domestic energy storage.  Most recently the company has been selected to power the Extreme E racing series and Electric Touring Car racing.

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