Swindon Powertrain was established in 1971 as a high-performance engine specialist. Their original activity was essentially the maintenance of Formula 1 engines in the 70s and early 80s. There then followed a period of development of the company with numerous successful motorsport projects in rallying and touring cars around the World.
The company has now developed a new compact 80kW 'crate' powertrain that makes it easier for specialist OEMs to electrify their low volume sports cars, light commercial and recreational vehicles. Swindon Powertrain's High Power Density (HPD) EV system will ease the transition for manufacturers currently frustrated by the lack of compact, high power EV systems available to buy in low volumes.
To date, niche manufacturers have not had access to compact, high-power EV powertrains that they could source in low to mid volume, leading to a vacuum of supply," says Swindon Powertrain's managing director Raphael Caille. "When you factor in development costs, specialist OEMs haven't been able to electrify their vehicles as quickly as they would like. Our ready-to-install 'crate' powertrain will accelerate EV adoption in sectors poorly served by the larger tier one manufacturers and integrators.
Funded by the Niche Vehicle Network and working in partnership with electric motor manufacturer iNetic and automotive specialist Code, Swindon Powertrain's HPD project will create a turn-key 'crate' transverse system with the highest power/volume ratio on the market. So compact is the 70kg HPD EV powertrain - 600mm wide by 440mm deep by as little as 280mm tall, that the motor, inverter, single-speed transmission and cooling system assembly fits under the bonnet of a classic Mini, in a quad bike or under the loading platform of a light commercial vehicle
The HPD project will develop tooling, including castings, and identify manufacturing techniques to have the unit in production by June 2020. Core R&D and validation will be covered by the programme, easing development costs further for integrator's. This project follows Swindon Powertrain's programme earlier this year to electrify an original Mini, integrating an all-new and robust EV system into its tight confines.
Multiple mounting points and flexibility for the inverter and cooling pack locations will enable it to fit a range of vehicles from sports car through to commercial vehicles while waterproofing options makes it suitable off-road leisure and recreation vehicles.
Certainly food for thought. If interested, contact Swindon Powertrain at: www.swindonpowertrain.com
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