Vertical batteries will increase the range of electric vehicles by 30%

Vertical batteries will increase the range of electric vehicles by 30%

June 14, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

British automotive startup Page-Roberts aims to improve the efficiency of electric vehicles through a series of patented engineering solutions. The company proposes to abandon the traditional approach to platform design, where batteries are located in the underbody of the car, and transfer the batteries to the interior. This layout option, coupled with the aerodynamic design, will increase the electric car’s range by 30% with the same battery pack capacity, InsideEVs writes.

Page-Roberts is rethinking the accepted standard for modular platforms for electric vehicles that Volkswagen, General Motors, Tesla and many other automakers now rely on. Instead of using a monolithic design that is aligned with a wheelbase, the startup moves the batteries into the cabin and installs them vertically between the seats. At the same time, the rear seats unfold – passengers look against the movement of the car – and the electric car itself becomes noticeably lower due to the free space in the lower part of the body.

The company believes that the updated layout solves most of the problems of the electrification-oriented auto industry. According to Page-Roberts CEO Freddie Page-Roberts, modular platforms are driving carmakers to high production costs, reducing the aerodynamic performance of their electric vehicles, and forcing them to develop additional systems to protect their batteries in the event of an accident. Excess components increase the weight of electric vehicles, which means that they further reduce the range.

“Our concept reduces costs, increases efficiency, increases agility and offers design freedom. Efficiency means less charging time for long-range batteries, so charging points – another key industry challenge – will also be reduced, ”explained Mark Simon, CTO at Page-Roberts.

The company believes that the updated layout solves most of the problems of the electrification-oriented auto industry. According to Page-Roberts CEO Freddie Page-Roberts, modular platforms are driving carmakers to high production costs, reducing the aerodynamic performance of their electric vehicles, and forcing them to develop additional systems to protect their batteries in the event of an accident. Excess components increase the weight of electric vehicles, which means that they further reduce the range.

“Our concept reduces costs, increases efficiency, increases agility and offers design freedom. Efficiency means less charging time for long-range batteries, so charging points – another key industry challenge – will also be reduced, ”explained Mark Simon, CTO at Page-Roberts.