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Williams Advanced Engineering to provide batteries for all new eSkootr championship

Williams Advanced Engineering has been awarded the contract to supply batteries to the all-new eSkootr race series (eSC) which begins later this year.

The series, which will be run on street circuits across the world was created as an accessible, dynamic and sustainable sport which promotes micromobility.

The race derived WAE battery has been tightly packaged to fit the scooter frame of 380x225x88mm. The battery weighs less than 10kg and with a 1.5kWh rating, the scooter will reach speeds of 100km/h.

Range will be around 20 minutes, with riders having the choice of two modes for power delivery; conventional and boost which will deliver maximum power along the straights, much like the boost mode in Formula E.

Due to the speeds at which the riders will be travelling, there is an internal isolation device fitted for safety and a motorsport connector used for reliability.

A one off prototype was completed in September last year when the first track tests began; further tests were conducted in January 2021, when final performance figures were confirmed.

High performance battery expertise lies at the core of WAE. The company was the original supplier of batteries to the entire grid of FIA Formula E World Championship cars in 2014, a relationship that has been revived for 2022-23 season. WAE also supplies battery systems to ETCR and Extreme-E and designed and developed an electric hub motor for the Brompton electric bike.

Iain Wight, Business Development Director, WAE said: “We are delighted to be part of this pioneering race series and have enjoyed the challenges presented by both the packaging and the timing of the programme. Using our motorsport experience we have been able to deliver a solution that offers not only power and performance, but also safety and reliability which will be critical in a series such as eSC.”

Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr Championship co-founder and CEO, added: “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Williams Advanced Engineering. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner with whom to develop eSC’s battery technology. Their expertise and experience within the industry is unparalleled, and has enabled them to rapidly design and build this first unit.

“Our aim now is to ensure this first-spec is working durably, reliably and efficiently for all our entrants ahead of our first race.”