REE Automotive has revealed five new and improved ‘REEcorner’ architecture designs and the technology behind its EV platforms designed to support the broadest range of commercial electric vehicles.
The Israeli company first made waves with the integration of a vehicle’s drive system in the wheel hub, which makes for a flexible skateboard platform to build, as well as simplifying maintenance, as the wheel hub can simply be replaced, compared to the more rigid EV constructions common with other manufacturers.
Following a quiet 2020, which likely also was due to the ongoing pandemic, Ree then came back with a merger with an investment firm to hit the US American stock market. Only a week later, Ree Automotive then announced plans to build a new engineering centre in the UK.
What is innovative about the design is that Ree’s proprietary technology packs critical vehicle components into a single compact module positioned between the chassis and the wheel – including steering, braking, suspension, powertrain, and control – resulting in a fully flat EV platform. The modular system has been further improved with the newest version by “introducing enhanced steering and drive configurations, e-motor power output and payload capabilities.”
The modular versatility of the system is exactly what Ree Automotive intends to leverage to a wide array of customers and purposes: “REE intends to provide a comprehensive range of technical configurations to fulfil specific B2B customer needs, including EV platform size selection based on preferred length, width and vehicle height; front, rear or all-wheel-drive with peak motor power ranges of 35 to 200 kW; front and all-wheel steer; advanced suspension capabilities; payload capacities of up to 5,000 kg and more.”
While the capabilities of the system are clearly outlined, the manufacturer did not specify what capacities each of the five announced designs individually entail. What is clear, is that a variety of uses in different market segments are being envisioned.
Daniel Barel, REE Co-Founder and CEO, is convinced of the company’s market niche: “We believe that REEcorner technology will enable new EV platforms and designs to be adopted at lower costs and with faster development times than conventional EV skateboards.” Using their platform, REE expects that vehicles will offer up to 35% more interior space than comparable commercial vehicles of similar size.
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