Flexible modular power train for EVs

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Low cost crate EV powertrain available for niche vehicles

An 80kW drop-in electric vehicle power train is now available enabling low cost, compact conversions and niche vehicle manufacture.

The compact HPD 80kW ‘crate’ motor for electric vehicle conversions is now available to order from Swindon Powertrain. The company designed the power unit to be suitable for mainstream as well as niche vehicle manufacturers or electric car conversion companies. The low cost unit includes an 80kW motor, transmission and differential with options for cooling, inverters and limited slip differential.

Devised in response to a lack of compact engineered EV systems available to enthusiasts and smaller OEMs, Swindon Powertrain refined and improved the HPD’s specification. Now, the unit weighs just 49.9kg including lubricants and features a brushless, permanent magnet motor, transmission, open differential and one metre of cabling. The package size is now just 441mm x 384mm x 228mm, making it the highest power/volume unit for automotive applications on sale at the moment.

With multiple installation points and now with the ability to site the inverter and cooling packs separately, as well as being waterproof, the HPD offers more flexibility to fit in a wide range of vehicles. Enquiries to date have come from OEMs, low volume manufacturers, classic car enthusiasts through to sports car and ATV recreational vehicle owners. Two inverter options, depending on battery voltage, are available though customers can also use their own. Dependent on the tyre size and top speed requirement, buyers can decide between two no-cost gear ratio options using Swindon Powertrain’s online calculator.

“It’s now easier than ever for anyone to convert a car, truck or even quad bike to electric,” says MD Raphaël Caillé.

“Despite the challenges the world faces, it’s a credit to the skills and resourcefulness of the engineers and suppliers in the UK automotive and motorsport industry that deliveries will start as early as this August,” he adds.

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