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REE unveils new electric commercial powertrains

REE Automotive (REE) has revealed five new REEcorner EV platforms designed to support the broadest range of commercial electric vehicles.

The company 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 to 200 kW; front and all-wheel steer; advanced suspension capabilities; payload capacities of up to 5,000 kg and more.

The 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 claims its fully flat 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.

“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”, said Daniel Barel, REE co-founder and CEO. “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.”

A variety of mobility players will be able to use REEcorners and EV platforms to custom-design vehicles to meet their exact needs.

For example, by adopting REE’s platforms, Mobility-as-a-Service providers can be empowered to build front-wheel drive e-shuttles with maximum payload capacity for transporting passengers with minimal kWh consumption.

Conversely, logistics companies will be able to choose low-speed, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer REEcorner configurations for last-mile delivery, with low step-in-height and minimum turning radius for easy maneuverability in congested urban streets.

REE’s EV platforms are designed to offer unrestricted visibility for easy loading/unloading in docking stations.

The platform is also expected to provide up to 35 per cent more interior space than comparable commercial vehicles of similar size, REE says.