Converting Your Classic MINI Into An EV Will Cost You A Pretty Penny With Swindon’s Powertrain Kit


Swindon Powertrain is now accepting orders for the Classic Mini Kit that will turn the classic car into an electric vehicle.

Pricing starts at £8,850 (equal to $11,497 at today’s exchange rates) in the United Kingdom, excluding tax, and deliveries will commence next month.

Weighing a bit over 70 kg (154 lbs) dry, the kit comprises of the HPD E powertrain system, mounted to an original classic Mini subframe. It features brackets that have been specifically designed for this installation, inner CV joint housings that allow the fitment of the standard driveshaft assemblies and a standard differential or optional limited-slip differential.

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Speaking of things that cost more, the British company has other components on the shelve for the classic Mini, such as a 12 kWh battery pack that can be fitted under the hood, after removing the internal combustion engine. It powers the electric motor that generates a continuous output of 80 kW (109 PS / 107 HP), with a 120 kW (163 PS / 161 HP) peak. The motor controller, DC-DC converter, on-board charger, cooling system pump and speed sensor kit are also part of the options list, and all of them are already up for grabs.

“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”, said commercial director Gerry Hughes. “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.”

Updated: November 4, 2020 — 6:31 pm

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