Williams Advanced Engineering showcases the ‘Brains Behind the Battery’

company logoWilliams Advanced Engineering will exhibit at the Battery Show Europe (7-9 May 2019). The company will showcase its expertise in electrification, in particular in battery management systems – the ‘Brains Behind the Battery’. In addition, on display will be the battery developed for Aston Martin’s first electric vehicle, the Rapide E, that will be the first large-scale 800V pure electric vehicle battery to market to be built by Hyperbat, a Williams joint venture with Unipart Manufacturing Group. Dr Wasim Sarwar, technical specialist of battery systems at Williams will also speak at the conference exploring the development of cutting-edge battery packs using next-generation cell chemistries.

Williams Advanced Engineering 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 Williams Advanced Engineering'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, Williams Advanced Engineering helps meet the engineering challenges of the 21st century: mobility, sustainability and efficiency.

batteryWilliams Advanced Engineering will showcase its expertise across electrification but particularly in battery management systems – the ‘Brains Behind the Battery’. Also on display on the company’s stand will be the battery developed for Aston Martin’s first electric vehicle, the Rapide E, which will be the first large-scale 800V pure electric vehicle battery to market to be built by Hyperbat, a Williams joint venture with Unipart Manufacturing Group. The battery also uses the company’s expertise in lightweight materials. Dr Wasim Sarwar, technical specialist of battery systems at Williams, will also speak at the conference running alongside the exhibition, exploring the development of cutting-edge battery packs using next-generation cell chemistries.

Following the development in-house of a kinetic energy recovery system for Formula One racing, Williams developed core capabilities in batteries and electrification.  These have been applied into Formula E, where Williams Advanced Engineering 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 Williams Advanced Engineering in 2010 was with Jaguar, the C-X75. bromptonWhile a final decision was made not to go into production, many technologies from the project have found their way on to the road.

Since then, Williams Advanced Engineering 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, 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, Williams Advanced Engineering has explored ways to secure a second life for electric vehicle batteries, including the NETfficient project, using Nissan Leaf batteries for domestic energy storage.


Williams Advanced Engineering will be exhibiting at The Battery Show Europe 2019 at stand G341. Wasim will also be speaking in a conference session running alongside the exhibition on the Development of Cutting-Edge Battery Packs Using Next-Generation Cell Chemistries on Tuesday 07 May at 11:00am.