British firm launches classic Mini electrification kit

No modifications required and optional EV upgrades include 12 kWhr battery pack, motor controller, onboard charger and DC-DC converter

A complete electrification kit which will turn any classic Mini into an electric vehicle has been made available for enthusiasts, specialists and EV conversion businesses.

Created in response to growing customer demand to electrify classic cars and original Minis in particular, Swindon Powertrain’s classic Mini kit has been designed to ensure that no vehicle modifications are required, the entire kit weighing just over 70 kg dry.

The classic Mini kit package comprises an HPD E Powertrain system mounted to an original classic Mini front subframe featuring brackets specifically designed for this installation.

It also includes purpose designed inner CV joint housings that allow the fitment of standard Mini driveshaft assemblies and comes complete a standard differential, although an optional limited slip differential is also available.

Swindon Powertrain also offers a range of optional components including a purpose designed 12 kWhr battery pack, which fits under the original bonnet in place of the internal combustion engine, motor controller, onboard charger and DC-DC converter, speed sensor kit and cooling system pump, with orders books for these additional items also open.

Swindon Powertrain commercial director, Gérry Hughes said: “We’ve registered over 500 requests for more information on the HPD E system since it launched, many of which are classic Mini owners who are looking to convert their cars to run on electric power.

“We have tried to make our kits as easy to use as possible, re-engineering and re-designing the package so that it fits perfectly in a classic Mini, and offer our clients the ability to take just the HPD E Powertrain system or purchase extra, optional EV parts.”

Prices for the classic Mini kit start from £8,850 + VAT and deliveries are to commence from December 2020.

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