Swindon Powertrain, who offer kits to electrify classic the Mini, is extending its range with its standalone E-Transmission for electric cars. This is in response to the rising demand for proven original equipment (OE) specification components from both low volume original equipment manufactures (OEMs) and home enthusiasts alike.
The single-speed gearbox is, contrary to many solutions on the market today, a plug-and-play and affordable solution to purchasing a transmission to work with existing electric motors. It will be offered with two ratio options and multiple mounting points for ease of installation. The E-Transmission is suitable for a range of vehicles from kit and classic cars through to light commercial vehicles.
Designed and manufactured in the UK, the E-Transmission is a simple, no-nonsense solution for a wide spectrum of low volume and one-off consumers. Its designers have specified a flanged e-motor adaptor plate design, facilitating the mounting to a wide range of electric motors, not just Swindon Powertrain’s own.
Standard automotive driveshaft joint flanges ensure the external drive is just as simple to integrate. Internally, OE-specification helical gears offer low levels of noise, vibration and harshness. A passive lubrication system minimises complexity, cost and power losses and will perform without needing an oil pump.
Mindful that reducing the mass of the gearbox improves the range and performance of the vehicle, Swindon Powertrain has sought to make the E-Transmission light. It weighs just 17.9kg and packaging the gear set to be amongst the most compact, measuring just 250mm x 384mm x 228mm.
Swindon Powertrain offers competitive retail pricing of just £2,500 to sectors of the market that are usually forced to pay a significant premium for new, low volume electrification components. The E-Transmission is available to order now and can be shipped globally, with deliveries scheduled for January 2021.
Gérry Hughes, commercial director of Swindon Powertrain, said: “Since launching the HPD E Powertrain products, we have been inundated with customer enquiries from all four corners of the globe. With each enquiry, we gain further insight into the needs and requirements of the end consumer.
“Adding the E-Transmission to our expanding range of electrification products designed and manufactured by Swindon Powertrain provides our customers with the ultimate flexibility when it comes to converting or building their electric vehicle. They can buy an entire system or select just the parts they need. This is more affordable, proven and simple to integrate, accelerating the shift to electrification.”