Israeli company begins trial on new P7 platform for delivery vehicles

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 05 Jan 2022

Israel-based REE Automotive is commencing trials of its all-new P7 platform designed for commercial delivery vehicles and walk-in vans. The P7 platform is targeted for a U.S. based delivery van program, was designed based on functional and operational specifications from one of the world’s largest delivery companies.

The platform is fully flat from end-to-end and offers large interior space and volumetric efficiency for vehicles in classes 3-5. Supporting up to 8,600 lbs (3,900kg) max payload, it packs up to 35% more packages than comparable commercial vehicles or the equivalent and can comfortably carry up to 30 passengers, making it the optimal platform for target markets such as delivery and logistic fleet owners, transit authorities, school buses and mobility operators. REEcorner and X-by-Wire technology allows each wheel to move independently for enhanced driving dynamics and safety with all-wheel steer, drive and brake options.

The company says the P7 modular platform is designed to radically simplify development times of electric commercial models and is optimised for fleet owners looking to create their own CV brand, unique design and market differentiation utilising the REE configuration and lowest TCO due to Battery as a Service (BaaS), Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) and fast REEcorner swap. On the path to production, last year REE nominated key suppliers American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) to supply high-performance electric drive units and Brembo to co-develop and supply the braking system. 

Daniel Barel, REE Automotive co-founder and CEO: “The P7 platform is paramount in commercial vehicle design, safety and functionality. True to our vision of providing complete modularity and versatility, this platform can be configured in different sizes and optimised to suit a particular application and use case. The P7 will utilise REE-Hitachi’s Data and Application as-a-service capabilities of injecting intelligence and actionable insight info fleet operations and affording fleet owners complete visibility over their operations allowing faster time to market, lower total ownership costs and suite of lifecycle services.”

REE says electric and autonomous vehicles built on top of the P7 platforms will be able to achieve driving ranges of up to 370 miles (595km) with max speeds of 80mph (130kph) and supporting gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) of up to 16,500 lbs (7,484kg).

P7 platform highlights

  • Large interior space on smallest footprint due to end-to-end fully-flat chassis and low-floor design
  • Higher volumetric efficiency yields higher operational margins
  • P7 provides minimal turning radiuses and enhanced driving reliability and stability due to REEcorner X-by-Wire tech
  • P7 platforms will support Data-as-a-Service – affording fleet managers with complete visibility and actionable insights over their fleet operations
  • The platform shown is 7.6m in length and 2.4m in width

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