Historically, SEMA has always been known to feature cars with all sorts of engine swaps, from first-generation old school small blocks to moderized LS-everything. As the automotive world continues to push down this path of electrification, the world of battery motor swaps is starting to attract some interest. While the electric swapped Mustang Lithium and Chevrolet E-10 represented high-end examples at SEMA 2019, Xing Mobility brought an electric muscle car of their own: a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. And unlike Chevy’s eCOPO Camaro, this appears to be fully street legal.
This drop top restomod muscle car ditches the typical V8 engine set-up for the Taiwanese company’s Immersio Modular Battery System. This fully-integrated conversion kit appears to be a pseudo LS-kit for builders and gearheads alike who are trying to electrify traditional internal combustion vehicles. The building block style modular battery system is fully customizable based on the type, shape and power needs of the car in question. The battery pack is mated to a high-power AC induction motor, and a transmission adapter for traditional gearboxes. The battery is liquid cooled with a non-conductive fluid to maximize temperature stability and battery life cycle. Based on the set-up used in the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro build, the electric motor produces a healthy 320 horsepower.
Xing Mobility says that this set-up was designed to mirror a traditional engine swap kit, and based on the fact that these kits are available immediately with a transmission adapter compatible with all LS series transmissions, you know which engine they’re aiming to go after. Other transmission adaptors are said to be released at a later date.
While General Motors is definitely the king of crate engines for the time being, they have yet to confirm that they will produce their eCrate electric conversion kit as seen in the E-10 Concept at SEMA 2019. Most electric builds thus far have had to source battery packs and drivetrains components from salvaged Teslas or Chevy Volts, so the idea of being able to get a full fledged conversion kit has to be exciting for EV fans, as infrequent as they are.