The REEcorners look special
REE is an Israeli EV startup that calls itself an EV platform leader, 'unrestricted by legacy thinking', and has shown us completely flat, scalable and modular platforms in the past. REE Automotive announced on Feb 3rd that going public via SPAC ($VCVC).
The non-legacy thinking can be seen well this time:
The 5 REEcorner systems unveiled put all the vital drive components of an EV, like the steering, suspension, powertrain, and control, between the chassis and wheel. This makes a super flat platform possible, dimensions of which can be altered on width, length, and height.
The design, due to the motors being fully sprung masses (positioned on the chassis side of the suspension), should make the vehicle that's built upon it have great handling. They also claim to utilize full drive-by-wire, brake-by-wire ,and steer-by-wire technology to each wheel independently, which would further enhance the stability and responsiveness.
My take - modularity wins.
REE's one goal seems to be making a platform that you could build any vehicle on top of, from passenger to cargo vehicles. The modularity allows the platform to be customized on dimensions and the battery sizes, front/rear/all-wheel-drive, peak motor power ranges, etc. Payload capacities range up to 5,000 kg.
Another piece I liked is on the REEcorner for fleet purposes - if you're having issues with one of the units, you can just swap out the whole unit without affecting the rest of the EV.
I'll be keeping an eye on that one. Somebody that has more auto-tech background than me (quite many of our members here), I'd be interested in knowing what do you think of this?