Israeli startup REE Automotive has revealed three prototypes of its modular and flexible platform platforms.
According to the company, REE‘s architecture answers the exponential demand for entirely new types of EVs, including last and mid-mile delivery, commercial & MaaS vehicles – particularly commercial vehicles – driven by the surge in e-commerce, a trend further accelerated by Covid-19.
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REE’s industry-unique technology offers a choice of modules, each sized differently based on platform weight, dimensions, and targeted applications. The REEcorner integrates all traditional vehicle components: steering, braking, suspension, e-motor, into the wheel’s arch, and the REEboard is a completely flat and modular chassis platform. The concept gives more room for passengers or cargo, with a unique structure also making maintenance and repairs easier to conduct.
In the company video, REE showcases EV platforms on the track, demonstrating its P1, P2, and P4 platforms. The P1 platform of up to 1.3-ton GVW is geared for LSV last-mile inner-city delivery applications. The P2 scales up to 2.5-tons GVW and is designed to transport passengers and cargo. The P4 offers up to 4.5-tons GVW and is uniquely built for the North American market delivery segment.
Car manufacturers have started lately to outsourced their electric platforms on which they plan to base their future models. American companies Rivian and Canoo, are providing Ford and Hyundai with a platform for electric vehicles.
REE established successful partnerships with multinationals, such as Mitsubishi Corporation, Musashi, NSK, AAM, and KYB.
In August 2020, REE signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian multinational vehicle manufacturing corporation Mahindra to establish a strategic collaboration for the development and production of an initial capacity of up to 250,000 electric vehicles aimed at the commercial market.
“EVs, particularly e-delivery vehicles, are in huge demand, with growth drivers including global carbon-emission regulatory policies coupled with booming e-commerce, said Daniel Barel, REE Co-Founder, and CEO.
“There is also a rapid rise in ‘mobility as a service’ (MaaS). Our modular platform. Our platform provides the perfect blank canvas for our customers on which to build EVs tailored to their needs, whether it’s a fully autonomous last-mile delivery vehicle, a spacious yet compact urban shuttle or a flexible delivery truck with higher load capacity on a smaller footprint.”