Ree and Hino showcase new FlatFormer Concept vehicle
REE announced its cooperation with Hino Motors, a leading provider of commercial vehicles, and introduced its technology within Hino’s new FlatFormer modular concept model, a chassis that is intended to be flexible and optimize electric mobility solutions.
REE says its corner module technology plays an important role in the FlatFormer concept design. FlatFormer leverages REE’s technology, which allows the entire drive components to reside within the wheel housing, thus creating a fully flat chassis.
With the contribution of REE’s novel electric solution, Hino’s light duty FlatFormer chassis reportedly delivers optimized space, flexibility, and energy efficiency to customers. It supports a diverse range of plug-and-play body configurations that optimize internal vehicle space and provide room for additional in-car batteries and advanced safety technologies.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to cooperate and build FlatFormer together with REE, which we unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show 2019,” said Akira Yamaguchi, the General Manager of the design division at Hino Motors. “REE and Hino share the same vision of creating a sustainable and vividly prosperous future and reinventing the concept of mobility to deliver new value.”
“REE is on a mission toward widespread sustainable and modular electrified mobility, and we’re honored to showcase the results of our cooperation with Hino’s team at this year’s event,” said Daniel Barel, Co-Founder and CEO of REE. “REE’s goal is to enable Hino’s future plan with more space in a smaller footprint with full compatibility with their advanced chassis. REE’s modular corner technology works seamlessly within the FlatFormer, allowing for a flat chassis configuration. Hino Motors is our first Japanese relationship in the commercial market, and we are extremely excited and humbled by this opportunity to collaborate and be part of this joint journey towards a new electric mobility future.”
REE says its modular corner supports any size EV and enables rapid e-mobility market innovation by significantly simplifying and expediting model development cycles. REE worked with Million Steps, a business development firm that extends the reach of Israeli companies throughout Japan, to bring this cooperation to fruition.
FlatFormer demonstrations are available at Hino’s booth at the Tokyo Motor Show, Aomi Exhibition Hall A, Tokyo Big Sight, from the October 24 through the November 4.