WAE Technologies, renowned for their innovative electric vehicle (EV) rolling chassis, has set its sights on hydrogen technology. After successfully crafting rolling chassis for battery electric hypercars, they’re now venturing into fuel cell solutions, marking a significant leap in the world of sustainable transportation.
A Canvas for Creativity
Imagine a world where housebuilders provide the shell, and families craft their dream homes. WAE Technologies’ EV rolling chassis concept acts as a blank canvas for coachbuilders to create electrifying four-wheeled wonders worthy of gracing the cover of Top Gear magazine.
Engineering Excellence Meets Hydrogen Power
Leveraging their extensive expertise in vehicle and powertrain engineering, WAE Technologies, formerly known as Williams Advanced Engineering, aims to showcase the potential of hydrogen hybrid powertrain systems at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Show. Their secret weapon? An industry-leading Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) battery pack at the core, packing an impressive 430kW of power—almost four times that of BMW’s iX5 hydrogen-powered fleet.
Lightweight and Powerful
Crafted from lightweight composite materials, the fuel tank and battery pack are strategically positioned in the chassis’s center for optimal weight distribution. This turn-key solution boasts a vehicle weight of just under two tonnes, enabling lightning-fast 0-62mph acceleration in under 2.5 seconds and an impressive range of over 370 miles. WAE Tech even estimates it could conquer the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes and 20 seconds.
Versatility at its Best
WAE Technologies designed this chassis with versatility in mind. It’s suitable for track-only projects and various road-ready models, including all-wheel and rear-wheel drive, open-roof Targa, and fixed-roof GT styles. The brand’s commitment to flexibility ensures clients have the freedom to bring their visions to life.
Hydrogen’s Expanding Horizons
Hydrogen is rapidly becoming the fuel of choice, particularly in commercial vehicles where a continuous fuel supply is vital. Its applications in various industries are multiplying, showcasing its adaptability and potential.
Challenges on the Horizon
While hydrogen holds immense promise for commercial and industrial applications, its journey into passenger cars faces hurdles. The feasibility and scalability of hydrogen-powered passenger vehicles present challenges that experts are still striving to overcome.
WAE Technologies’ foray into hydrogen technology marks a significant stride towards a greener and more sustainable automotive future. Their cutting-edge EV chassis offers a platform for creativity and innovation, inspiring coachbuilders to design the next generation of electrified vehicles. As the hydrogen revolution continues to gather momentum, it’s an exciting time to witness the transformation of our roads towards a more sustainable future.