General Motors‘ big debut at the 2019 SEMA Show was the Chevrolet E-10 Concept, a battery-electric truck based on a 1962 Chevrolet C-10, which utilizes production-spec Chevrolet Bolt EV batteries and motors.
While the Chevrolet E-10 may have gotten lots of attention at SEMA this year, it wasn’t the only vintage Chevy with an electric powertrain in attendance. Taiwanese company XING Mobility had their own fully electric Chevy at the aftermarket show in the way of a handsome 1969 Camaro Convertible.
Similar to how the Chevrolet E-10 previews a concept line of eCrate electric crate powertrains from GM, this 1969 Camaro was built to preview a plug-and-play electric powertrain setup from XING Mobility. The Taiwanese company’s system consists of a modular battery stack and a high-power AC induction motor, along with a direct transmission adapter that allows hot-rodders to use a large variety of transmissions with the fully electric setup.
XING Mobility’s “Immersio Modular Battery System” allows the battery cells to be assembled in a building block-style way, with tuners able to add cells to fit the range requirements of their specific build. The liquid-cooled, stacked batteries provide energy for the 320-horsepower AC induction motor that comes with the simple plug-and-play kit. The company says its transmission adapter will be immediately compatible with all GM LS-series transmissions, with a larger range of transmission adapters set to be released at a later date.
“We’re excited about the prospect of helping an increasing number of car builders to electrify their projects,” said XING Mobility co-founder, Azizi Tucker. “Our customers know mechanical installations but are often unfamiliar with battery and high-voltage systems. With XING Mobility’s conversion products, we provide a system that is as close to a conventional crate engine as possible in terms of being fast and safe to install, leaving our customers to focus on what they do best: making, driving and racing high-performance, high-quality builds.”
XING Mobility’s new electric crate powertrain setup will compete directly with the GM eCrate, should GM decide to launch the eCrate, that is. While only a concept for now, the GM eCrate setup is more powerful than XING Mobility’s offering, with the dual-motor setup providing up to 450 horsepower in the E-10 Concept. Similar to XING Mobility, the eCrate hooks right up to a conventional transmission, with the E-10 featuring a SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic. The E-10 concept also uses two 60-kWh battery packs for a total of 120 kWh.
Electric crate powertrains like these may become more popular in vintage builds going forward, allowing builders to have a torquey powertrain in their vintage build without the emissions or potential hassles of keeping up an older engine.