ACE-EV unveils X1 Transformer
MTAiQ client ACE-EV has launched a new modular platform for light electric vehicles, dubbed the X1 Transformer.
Announced at an online event hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers – Australiasia (SAE-A), the platform offers a range of modular options beneficial for fleets.
The X1 Transformer’s architecture offers interchangeable modules for long and short wheelbase, high and low roof, or van and ute – with just 15 minutes of downtime.
The platform will underpin seven different ACE-EV commercial vehicles, with the first being a long-wheelbase, high-roof electric van.
ACE-EV Co-Founder and Managing Director Greg McGarvie said the X1 Transformer was aimed at major fleets around the world as an integrated energy, transport and communications system.
“For busy freight companies with major distribution centres, the X1 enables them to fit a pre-packed module straight into its electric platform and be on its way in 15 minutes,” said McGarvie.
“One platform can carry whatever car module is required… so it is constantly earning its keep, whatever each individual freight mission may be.”
A further feature of the new platform is advanced Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology. This connects it via the Cloud to telematics, software updates, and emergency power.
Making use of a $5 million grant received from the federal government, ACE-EV says it will use the X1 to trial an energy management platform.
“Our Advanced Australian Vehicle to Grid (AAV2G) project will deliver bi-directional transfer between vehicle, building and grid with integrated onboard energy metering,” he said.
“The system will enable the X1 Transformer to power an entire home or business, with the vehicle battery storing energy from rooftop solar cells or from the grid.”
“It can charge when the sun shines, provide night-time energy needs, supply emergency power when needed, feed back into the grid – and, of course, run the vehicle itself.”
The company aims to have X1 Transformer trial vehicles on the road this November, with a view to begin full-scale system testing in April 2022.
Source: ACE-EV: ACE-EV launches X1 Transformer
17 September 2021