High performance electric vehicles need to have increased battery capacity while maintaining safety standards and without adding weight. To accommodate and protect these batteries, casings are a critical safety feature that need to withstand extremes of heat without impacting the performance of the vehicle.
As part of the Hyperbat joint venture led by Williams Advanced Engineering, the NCC designed and developed a series of novel battery casings and examined future-proofing processes that could be applied to all electric vehicles. The team delivered up to 50% reduction in battery case costs and worked with ELG Carbon to save 65% of the carbon fibre from a case, to be repurposed in the manufacturing of a new case. This is a significant step in achieving sustainable vehicles.