Israeli startup REE Automotive on Tuesday launched a video displaying its modular skateboard EV platform in motion.
The movies present three totally different variations of the platform, designed to underpin various kinds of industrial autos. REE beforehand stated the platform was versatile sufficient to be used in the whole lot from taxis to supply vans.
REE is not the primary firm to develop a skateboard platform, nevertheless it takes a extra excessive strategy than most. Just about all mechanical elements, aside from the battery pack and its related cooling and power-distribution gear, are housed within the wheel arches. REE introduced earlier this 12 months that it is getting assist from suspension expert KYB for this uncommon setup.
Indian automaker Mahindra introduced in August that it might use the REE platform for future electrical industrial autos. Neither firm has confirmed any fleet prospects but, nevertheless.
The closest comparability could be United Kingdom-based Arrival, which just lately revealed a revised model of its last-mile delivery van for UPS.
And REE’s technique of displaying off its platform reminds us of the tactic recently employed by Canoo, which had a race driver bounce into its platform, fitted with a rollbar.
Canoo has stated it plans to make use of its skateboard for each passenger and industrial autos. Its first car is a van-like electrical automobile, supplied on a subscription foundation starting in Los Angeles in 2021.
That startup has stated it can develop no less than 4 distinct autos off this platform, together with a supply van. It should additionally present “engineering providers” to Hyundai to assist develop an EV for the Korean agency based mostly on the identical skateboard.