The concept of changing basic vehicles to EVs has been round some time, and a variety of corporations, together with some main automakers, have been retrofitting outdated, basic vehicles with all-new EV drivetrains. Individual tinkerers have been doing this as properly, nevertheless it’s not as straightforward as you’d hope. Dealing with salvaged EV drivetrains is troublesome, with advanced management and cooling programs. Now it lastly appears to be like like there’s going to be a neater approach, as Swindon Powertrain is planning on introducing an all-in-one compact EV crate motor subsequent 12 months.
The thrilling factor concerning the motor, which they name their High Power Density EV powertrain, is that it’s remarkably compact and highly effective for its dimension. To give an concept of how small it’s, it’s primarily the identical drivetrain utilized in their EV-converted basic Mini, so if it suits underneath a Mini’s hood, it ought to match nearly anyplace.
More particularly, the drivetrain measures 23.6 inches broad, 17.three inches deep, and solely 11.02 inches tall. We’re speaking a couple of field that’s two toes by a foot and a half by a foot right here. That’s fairly rattling tiny.
It weighs solely round 154 kilos and makes round 110 horsepower—a fairly first rate quantity contemplating how compact this factor is, and that features every thing: motor, single-speed transmission, cooling system, and energy inverter.
The drivetrain consists of a number of mounting factors and it’s designed to be versatile sufficient to be mounted by both axle of the automotive, entrance or rear.
A drawing on Swindon’s web site exhibits it mounted within the entrance of a van or a basic Mini, or on the rear of a Caterham Seven.
I haven’t discovered particulars about what types of battery packs it’s designed to work with, however ideally, it’ll have the ability to be tailored to work with battery packs from Leafs or Bolts or Teslas or no matter you could find in your native junkyards.
It’s anticipated to be out there round June of 2020, and as of but, no pricing has been introduced.
It’s a really thrilling concept, the promise of a drop-in ICE substitute, serving to to maintain basic vehicles on the street. I’ll admit I like this concept as a method to get my outdated Scimitar again on the street, and if I caught one in my Beetle, I’d come near nearly doubling my horsepower.
I suspect you possibly can use two in a single automotive for all-wheel drive and extra energy, although Swindon doesn’t present that instance particularly. I marvel if you happen to might rotate it sideways and have it driving a driveshaft to a differential, utilizing one of many axle output shafts?
This is doubtlessly excellent information for hobbyists and small producers. A true, drop-in EV crate motor that simply works has been desired for some time, so it’s good to see this lastly occurring.
(Thanks to Evan W for exhibiting me this!)