REE Automotive, an ‘innovator in e-mobility’, which recently announced its merger with 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp
, recently 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’.
REE says it intends to provide a comprehensive range of technical configurations to ‘fulfill 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 35-200kW; front-wheel and all-wheel steering; advanced suspension capabilities; and payload capacities of up to 5,000kg.
REE’s award-winning REEcorner 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”.
Unlike diesel/fuel vehicles or conventional EVs, REE’s EV platforms are designed with a lower centre of gravity than vehicles with the motor located in between the wheels, and are intended to carry more passengers, cargo and batteries. REE’s smaller footprint and lower centre of gravity will also allow for taller cabin designs and lower step-in height, yielding more ‘volumetric efficiency’.
Daniel Barel, REE’s co-founder and CEO, said: “A bold new era for mobility demands a bold reimagining of what a vehicle can and should be, and that’s what we’ve done with REEcorner and our revolutionary EV platforms. 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’.”
Ahishay Sardes, REE’s co-founder and CTO, said: “Unlike in-wheel motor systems, the motors in REEcorners are fully sprung masses, positioned on the chassis side of the suspension. By minimising unsprung mass, REEcorners are designed for optimal ride and handling vehicle dynamics.
“REE’s plan to utilise true ‘x-by-wire’ technology to control each of the corners of the vehicles with full drive-by-wire, brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire technology is expected to deliver vehicle stability, responsiveness and safety with fully independent wheel control.”