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WAE reveals modular platform for hydrogen-electric supercars

WAE, the former expertise offshoot of the Williams Method 1 staff, will use this week’s Low Carbon Car Present within the U.Ok. to current the EVRh, a modular platform packing a hydrogen-electric powertrain.

The platform is a comply with as much as WAE’s EVX and EVR platforms designed for battery-electric automobiles, and builds on each of these platforms by including a hydrogen gasoline cell into the combo.

A hydrogen-electric car is actually an EV that makes use of a hydrogen gasoline cell to energy the electrical drive system as an alternative of a battery. The gasoline cell combines hydrogen with oxygen from the air in a virtually emission-free course of that creates electrical energy.

In WAE’s EVRh, there’s additionally a battery that may ship energy to the drive system. The battery may be charged by the gasoline cell or by EV charging infrastructure—one thing that might be useful for the proprietor of any car primarily based on the EVRh platform given the dearth of hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

The battery is able to discharging as much as 576 hp whereas the gasoline cell can discharge as much as 160 hp, leading to a mixed discharge of as much as 736 hp. This can be utilized to energy electrical motors both in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

Peak efficiency estimates for a car primarily based on the platform embrace 0-60 mph acceleration in below 2.5 seconds and a Nürburgring lap time in below 7:20. The present lap document for an EV on the ‘Ring is the 7:05 set by a Rimac Nevera in August.

The vary estimate is greater than 350 miles.

The EVRh incorporates a light-weight composite construction that serves because the passenger cell, with the battery mounted behind the cabin as an alternative of within the flooring, like in most EVs on sale at present. The design avoids the problem of getting a raised flooring, whereas additionally replicating the acquainted weight distribution of a mid-engine automotive. Hydrogen storage tanks are mounted on the entrance and rear of the platform.

The Low Carbon Car Present begins Sept. 7 and takes place on the U.Ok.’s Millbrook Proving Floor.

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