REE, an Israeli startup has unveiled a new modular chassis platform for EVs, The Times of Israel reports.
The revolutionary framework moves the car’s motor, steering system, brakes and suspension into the wheels. This helps create a chassis that is completely flat and thus more versatile.
According to REE, manufacturers could simply use the same platform for different types of vehicle bodies – be it a high-performance car, an off-road SUV, a robotaxi or even a 10-ton truck – as all the essential components are placed into the wheels.
This ushers in substantial savings, as the design and validation of each platform traditionally costs manufacturers $20 billion.
According to the startup, the new modular chassis frees up space by 67% and reduces vehicle weight by 33%.
The reduced size and weight also helps increase the energy and operational efficiency of these cars.
According to REE, its electrification process not only reduces the strain on batteries but also ensures that the power in the vehicle last longer.
REE has already begun collaborating with global original equipment manufacturers, as well as Tier-1 and Tier-2 automotive companies including Mitsubishi Corporation and NXP, to further its product.
“The concepts of the past are limited and restrict the ability of the automotive industry to realize the electric and autonomous reality they are striving for,” said co-founder and CEO of REE, Daniel Barel, in a statement.
“Until now, the industry has operated by making incremental improvements on the traditional design of the automotive vehicle.”
“At REE, we believe that in order to hasten the automotive revolution we need to reinvent the wheel – quite literally.”
Image and content: REE/Shoshanna Solomon-The Times of Israel