EV technology developer REE Automotive has commenced trials of its new P7 modular platform designed for commercial delivery vehicles and walk-in vans.
The P7 platform, targeted to a US-based delivery van program, was designed based on functional and operational specifications from one of the world’s largest delivery companies.
Supporting up to 8,600 lb (3,900kg) maximum payload, the P7 platform packs up to 35% more packages than comparable commercial vehicles. REEcorner and X-by-wire technology enables each wheel to move independently for enhanced driving dynamics and safety with all-wheel steer, drive and brake options.
The P7 modular platform is designed to radically simplify development times of electric commercial models and is optimized for fleet owners looking to create their own commercial vehicle brand, unique design and market differentiation using the REE configuration and lowest TCO due to Battery as a Service, Data as a Service and fast REEcorner swap. On the path to production, last year REE nominated key suppliers American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) to supply high-performance electric drive units and Brembo to co-develop and supply the braking system.
Daniel Barel, co-founder and CEO of REE Automotive, said, “The P7 platform is paramount in commercial vehicle design, safety and functionality. True to our vision of providing complete modularity and versatility, this platform can be configured in different sizes and optimized to suit a particular application and use case. The P7 will use REE-Hitachi’s Data and Application as a Service capabilities of injecting intelligence and actionable insight info fleet operations and affording fleet owners complete visibility over their operations, allowing faster time-to-market, lower total ownership costs and suite of lifecycle services.”
Electric and autonomous vehicles built on top of REE’s P7 platforms will be able to achieve driving ranges of up to 370 miles with maximum speeds of 80mph (129km/h) and supporting gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) of up to 16,500 lb (7,480kg).