REE Automotive demonstrates EV platform aimed at delivery market

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Startup EV manufacturer REE Automotive (REE) has presented its vision for a range of future electric delivery vehicles.

The company notes that each fully operational prototype features its modular and flexible platform architecture, which answers the growth in demand for entirely new types of EVs – particularly commercial vehicles – driven by the surge in e-commerce, a trend further accelerated by Covid-19.

The EV platform consists of the REEcorner which powers full drive-by-wire technology for steering, braking and drive, and integrates all drivetrain, powertrain, suspension and steering components into the arch of the wheel. In addition, the company says its REEboard enables the EV platform to be completely flat, giving customers the freedom to place any shape or size of body design on top.

Daniel Barel, REE co-founder and CEO, explained, “EVs, particularly e-delivery vehicles, are in huge demand, with growth drivers including global carbon-emission regulatory policies coupled with a boom in e-commerce. 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 capability on a smaller footprint.”

In the video, REE showcases all three of its modular EV platforms on the track, demonstrating its P1, P2 and P4 systems. The P1 platform of up to 1.3-ton GVW is geared for LSV last-mile inner-city delivery applications; the P2 platform scales up to 2.5-tons GVW and is designed to transport passengers and cargo; and the P4 platform offers up to 4.5-tons GVW and is uniquely built for the North American market delivery segment.

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