Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021
Development of Structural Battery Enclosure
By developing a EV battery enclosure to also carry vehicle structural loadings, opportunities exist for weight reduction and hence overall vehicle efficiency gains. This project aims to prove the feasibility of replacing the front end structure of a light weight sportscar with a structural battery enclosure to which the front suspension will be directly attached. The studies will investigate the application of low density plastic / composite materials that can be moulded to create the component. Finite element analysis techniques will be employed to develop and verify stiffness and strength performance.