REE Automotive has unveiled new chassis platforms for three types of electric vehicles: an inner-city car that can also be used as a self-driving taxi, a car designed to transport passengers and cargo, and a light truck tailored to the US market and that is designed for intra-city drives. In fact, the three new platforms are targeting emerging trends in the world of smart transportation: autonomous taxis, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), and the proliferation of urban delivery vehicles amid the increase of online purchases.
REE has developed a concept of a chassis in which the subsystems – suspensions, engine, steering, brakes, sensors, and the control and electronic systems – are integrated into the vehicle’s own wheels. The battery occupies the center of the vehicle throughout its entire length and width. This made it possible to develop a flat and modular platform that reduces costs and provides a great deal of freedom in vehicle design.
The P1 platform weights 1.3-ton and was designed for an urban delivery services. According to the company, it saves 67% of the chassis’ volume, which makes more room for the cargo itself. The vehicle is capable of carrying a load of 770 Ibs and driving at a speed of up to 75 mph for a distance of 136 miles on a single battery charge.
The P2 platform is designed to be used as an inner-city passenger car for up to 4 commuters, at a total GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of up to 2.5-tons. It provides 3 times the space saving for passengers, and can also be converted to a cargo and delivery vehicle. It reaches speeds of up to 75 mph and distances of up to 260 miles per single charge.
A blank slate for Car Manufacturers
The third platform, P4, is designed for up to 4.5-tons vehicles. It can be used as a medium-sized cargo or transport vehicle, as well as an electric convenience vehicle (ECV). The saving in space makes it possible to install a large battery that will suffice for a full day of travel. The vehicle is capable of traveling at speeds of up to 87 mph and reaches distances of to 217 miles on a single charge. It was designed for the world of autonomous driving and enables easy integration of ADAS systems. It also includes redundant systems for a high level of reliability and safety.
REE Automotive’s co-founder and CEO, Daniel Barel, said there is a growing demand for electric cars amid the growing need for deliveries, regulation standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and the development of the Mobility-as-a-Service world. “Our modular platform can revolutionize electric transportation. It’s like a blank page on which the customers can build their own specific cars.”