Xing Mobility is a Taiwanese automaker has decided to give Elon Musk a run for his money. These guys can create an electric vehicle out of any car, or at least that is the plan. The company has demonstrated its ambition by creating a fully electric version of the 1969 Chevy Camaro. The Camaro’s body was not modified despite the electric powertrain being fitted. This electric technology can fit into any vehicle thanks to the flexible lego-esque battery modules. These Taiwan guys must have learned something from Kanye West and the Kardashians because this publicity stunt has actually worked. In fact, we could be on the verge of a new dawn in which Taiwan emerges as a powerhouse of creating eclectic vehicles. Is this Taiwan’s answer to Tesla’s electric vehicle revolution?
What is the technology behind it?
It’s simple; the engineers fitted a 21st-century electric powertrain into the vintage muscle car. This was done by ripping out the running gear and the internal-combustion engine. By doing this, the company has succeeded in creating a powertrain that is accompanied by a modular battery system. Many automakers use a special platform, but this is not necessary with Xing mobility’s modular system. A normal electric powertrain usually is cheaper, but Xing offers a “drop-in” or “plug-and-play” solution. The electrified Camaro uses a 106-module battery pack in place of the original combustion engine.
So what makes this technology special?
This technology is as special as Kevin Durant is to the Warriors. Xing Mobility has claimed that this technology boosts uniformity of cell temperatures and heat transfer, allowing cells to generate higher power, last longer and to charge more quickly. The waterless solution prevents damage to the cells and dispels heat from the thermal runaway. This means that the chances of catching fire are minimal when using this battery pack. Different kinds of vehicles can be accommodated thanks to the stacked and interlocked battery pack.
What is the history behind this technology?
The immersion cooling technology that has been used on the electric Chevy Camaro is not entirely new. According to Royce Hong, the CEO and co-founder of Xing Mobility, the technology is used for cooling GPUs and CPUs that are used in for gaming and bitcoin mining. In addition to this, it is also used at Facebook and Google data centers. Xing Mobility’s technology has pioneered the first EV batteries with 3M’s engineered fluid; this is according to Hong.
The country is hoping to build a strong reputation in the electric vehicles space. Taiwan’s industry players like the Autotronics Collaborative Alliance have stated that Tesla is the inspiration behind their automotive supply chain. It might be a little early for Taiwan to boast about EVs since the nation is yet to brand any EVs for commercial usage. However, it is safe to say that EVs have helped new carmakers enjoy a more balanced playing field. Mercedes Benz and other conventional automakers might be 100 years ahead, but they fall short in the EV department. Taiwan will be relying on its flexible, extremely hard-working, agile, and fast supply chain network. According to Xing Mobility, their race car was built with components and parts that were readily available in a 300 kilometers radius. This means that a concept can be turned into a production car in a short period of time.
Does the company manufacture its own cars?
Xing boasts of having two prototypes: the 350-kilowatt Miss E race car that works with the immersion cooling system and the Miss R electric supercar; this 1-megawatt off-road prototype only needs 1.8 seconds to hit 0-62 mph. We hope that this company will produce more cars.
What should we expect in the future?
Founded in 2015, Xing Mobility wants to sell its revolutionary technology to fleet operators as well as recreational, industrial and commercial vehicle makers. It hopes to establish itself as a leader in the EV field.