REE Automotive takes its skateboard chasses out on a racetrack ride
Startup company REE Automotive has conducted multiple tests of its P1, P2 and P4 chassis models fitted with two different REEcorner units. The experiment has proven that the prototypes are fully functional.
The company envisions using its P1 platform design in self-driving vehicles performing last-mile deliveries. The P2 should be ideal for all-purpose EVs suitable for passenger and cargo transportation, while the P4 should be able to perform heavy-duty shipments across the United States. All three skateboard pads support installation of interchangeable car bodies upon them, with the weight restrictions lying at 1.3, 2.5 and 4.5 metric tons, respectively (2,866 lbs / 5,510 lbs / 9,920 lbs).
The flat flooring the REEboard design features lends itself well to all kinds of cabins, the company claims. The X-by-Wire system ensures all units are interconnected using stable wired connections, while the four REEcorner assemblies integrate an electric motor, suspension, transmission and steering into a single unit mounted at the wheel.
The Israeli-based startup has already drawn the attention of Indian automotive giant Mahindra & Mahindra. Despite its young age, REE relies on such major industry players as Mitsubishi Corporation, KYB, Musashi, NSK and American Axle for supplies and support.
Editor Andrew Raspopov
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