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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 18:45

A Company Builds New and Fully Flat Platform for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Written by Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering
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"Electric vehicles represent the future of mobility," said Daniel Barel, CEO, and co-founder of REE, a company that is rebuilding the way vehicles are made.


REE unveiled its new and exciting product: a revolutionary flat and modular platform. By reimagining the vehicle, REE is creating electric vehicles with stronger widespread electrification.


As the title suggests, REE's Co-founders Barel, and Ahishay Sardes, have reinvented the wheel.


Who is REE?


REE stands for REthink, REdesign, REstructure and REinvent the automotive industry.


And that's how the name REE was born.


Barel and Sardes started working on this project six years ago and they were finally able to disclose the details of their exciting new project.


In a direct interview with Barel, co-founder of REE, he told Interesting Engineering that their inspiration came to them because the "entire automotive industry is changing, but the vehicle is still being built on 100-year-old concepts."


"When you consider the breaking functions, the suspension and steering in vehicles that are built with similar designs to the past." He continued, "At REE we are pioneering a fundamental and radical shift to ensure the vehicle of today and tomorrow meets today's and tomorrow's needs."


A "Truly Flat Platform for Maximum Efficiency"


Simply said, REE are reinventing the way vehicles are built.


Going into more detail, and as per their press release, "REE's technology integrates the motors, steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensing, brakes, thermal systems and power management into the wheel creating a completely flat modular chassis."


The result?


Improved efficiency and performance in the electrification process and a big step forward in the development of future mobility.


The chassis, or platform, offers ultimate freedom of design and different body configurations on one singular platform. This reduces the weight by 33 percent, and the size of the vehicle, enabling a higher load per ride.


This also increases the energy and operational efficiency, as the chassis frees up space by 67 percent, according to Barel.


All of these changes increase the level of efficiency of the vehicle, and in turn, its electrification process, as the strain on the batteries is reduced, and the power of the vehicle lasts longer.


All crucial aspects for electric and autonomous vehicles.


"One Size Fits All"


Be it a 10-ton cross-country truck, or a robotaxi, the platform fits all types of electric vehicles.


Specifically built to be tailored to each and every vehicle type, REE's innovative platform will work for all automakers, mobility providers, and delivery companies.


REE's technology has meant that they have created the basis for all vehicles.


How Will This Technology Benefit the Automotive Industry?


To begin with, electric vehicles will undoubtedly be a significant, if not most important, part of the future of mobility. Already, automotive manufacturers and companies are investing time and energy into improving this section of the industry.


"It is clear the path to autonomous vehicles is intertwined with the electrification of vehicles," as Barel said.


Thus, REE's universal platform will be able to replace the multiple ones that OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are creating and using—and save the industry billions of dollars.


Typically, the validation and creation of one platform costs manufacturers $20 billion, so with simply one platform being used in the future, costs will drastically drop.


On top of this safety, performance, and efficiency will be improved.


REE already has contracts with leading OEMs and Tier-1 and Tier-2 automotive companies such as Mistubishi Corporation, Mushashi, Linamar, Tenneco and NXP.


The cost of these chassis' is yet to be disclosed, but we'll bet that in the long run, they'll keep manufacturing costs at an all-time low.


We thank Interesting Engineering for reprint permission.



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