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Ditching the 'Skateboard' EV?

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June 7, 2021—A British EV design firm is looking to move away from the "skateboard chassis" common to many electric vehicles with a stacked battery design that would make for more efficient travel.

The firm, Page-Roberts, according to a New Atlas story, says its stacked battery design could lead to 30 percent more driving range.

"The skateboard arrangement has become the mainstay of most EVs," Page-Roberts CEO Freddy Page-Roberts says in the story. "But this results in taller vehicles with increased aerodynamic losses and energy consumption (especially at motorway speeds), extra structure required to protect against impact, and a longer wheelbase to account for the battery. The increased size and weight dramatically inhibit range."

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