Page-Roberts goes for a back-to-back approach with EVs

The future of cars is likely to be exciting and unlike anything car enthusiasts could imagine. Manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to reinvent the wheel as it were.

Page-Roberts takes existing EV designs and spruces them up, giving its rivals food for thought. Drivers obviously have to keep their eyes fixed on the road, facing forward. However, passengers don’t have to follow suit, and a change in interior design could allow EVs to have their batteries in new and unusual places.

The skateboard arrangement has become the mainstay of most EVs… By simply moving the location of the battery pack, we have come up with a much more efficient solution.

– Freddy Page-Roberts, Page-Roberts CEO

Back-to-back basics

EV manufacturers are constantly trying to open the envelope and push EVs that bit further each year. Page-Roberts, a London-based engineering company, seeks to retain a sense of elegance combined with greater efficiency. It intends to achieve both qualities in an EV design which reinvents the driving experience for a new era.

Conventional EVs have batteries installed in the floor but this can obviously impose limitations on the designer as it adds extra weight, requires subtle tweaks to the wheelbase and affects the way the EV will sit on the road. To overcome these issues, Page-Roberts suggests a novel idea: cars of the future need not be supersized but can retain a compact quality, all by simply changing the positioning of the seats.

In their new design, Page-Roberts suggests having the rear passenger seats back-to-back with the front driver and passenger seats. The battery would be more compact and installed vertically between these back-to-back seats. The resulting changes would reportedly make this design 30 per cent more efficient than conventional models, as it would allow the car to maintain the range drivers expect with EVs at present, but on a smaller battery.

Cars of the future

Page-Roberts’ new design poses an intriguing question: do cars have to remain stuck in the boxes we find them in, or can we reimagine getting around in a more functional way? Back-to-back seating not only makes for a more futuristic experience for passengers – it also makes use of a car’s interior space while keeping the model light and compact, ensuring greater efficiency.

A few months ago, we explored the innovative concept of structural batteries for EVs – the idea that batteries don’t just have to be block-like power banks, but could be built into the very fabric of the cars we drive in the future.

A slimmed down approach to battery tech and a lighter build for future EVs means cars could be better for the planet the moment they enter production. Page-Roberts estimate they could cut manufacturing costs by as much as 36 per cent using the design they have proposed. That means less energy-intensive factories, fewer resources required and less time spent making cars, so they can roll of production lines faster than ever before.

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