Xing Mobility has a mission: develop a modular battery system and accompanying powertrain to turn any vehicle into an electric car. The company is well on its way to realizing its dream and it showcased its latest technology in a car to drive the point home.
The Taiwanese firm selected a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro to fit its electric powertrain to, which saw the firm rip out the internal-combustion engine and its associated running gear for a 21st-century powertrain. EE Times first reported on the publicity stunt at AutoTronics Taipei 2019 on Wednesday.
A modular battery-electric powertrain means any car can adopt the system without the need to design a special platform as many automakers have done, and will continue to do well into the future. Xing Mobility said its modular system foregoes the need to redesign the vehicle’s entire system, and the 1969 Camaro was the perfect demonstration.
With the electric powertrain fitted, no modifications were required to the Camaro’s body. Lego-esque battery modules ensure flexibility to fit into any single vehicle.
The key to the flexibility is what the firm called its Immersion Cooled Modular Battery Pack System. The lithium-ion battery cells are immersed in a non-conductive fluid, which cools the battery incredibly well. The cooler the battery, the more performance a company can squeeze from it, be it range or power. The battery pack also features a built-in fire suppression system of sorts, which Xing Mobility said will keep its powertrain incredibly safe. Numerous instances of electric car fires have led local emergency services to adapt to putting out said fires. Batteries stay hotter longer and are far more difficult to extinguish than the typical car’s running gear.
While the system is far more expensive than a typical electric powertrain, which still has yet to reach any sort of price parity with the internal-combustion engine, Xing Mobility’s solution is plug-and-play, per the report. The approach could help make Taiwan into a powerhouse of EV conversions, should the company have its way.
Source: EE Times