KYB partners with REE to develop next-generation modular EV platform
REE Automotive (REE) and KYB Corp. (KYB) announced a strategic partnership to develop suspension capabilities for future electric vehicle (EV) platforms by putting KYB’s semi-active and active suspension systems on REE’s next-generation EV platform. The companies say this adds a new level of suspension technology within the REEcorner architecture solution, which integrates all drivetrain vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, and e-motor) into the wheel. This solution combines with the REEboard—a completely flat platform—to improve freedom of design, performance and safety, and modular applications for vehicle types ranging from last-mile delivery to heavy-duty shipping.
“KYB has vast experience in developing and manufacturing advanced suspension systems, and we are excited to partner with REE Automotive and share its revolutionary EV vision by engineering a suspension subsystem that supports the needs of tomorrow’s mobility ecosystem,” said Kazunori Masumoto, General Manager of Engineering Headquarters at KYB Automotive Component Business Division.
“REE is delighted to welcome KYB to our unique network of global strategic automotive partners, bringing world-class expertise in advanced suspension systems,” said Daniel Barel, REE’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “KYB’s technology will play a crucial role in the rapid development of our next-generation EV architecture, which reinvents the electric vehicle with a completely flat, scalable, and fully modular platform, ready to carry the future of e-mobility.”
Last year, REE introduced to the industry what it claims is the world’s first truly flat skateboard chassis. By integrating all of the components formerly found under the hood of the car into the wheel, the company intends to offer optimal freedom of design, multiple body configurations on a single platform, reduced vehicle size and weight, and increased energy and operational efficiency. Its approach places the motor, steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensing, braking, thermal systems, and electronics into the wheel, creating a “truly flat” platform. The design provides many claimed benefits including a low center of gravity to support the vehicle’s agility and stability, a reduction in vehicle footprint and weight, and improved energy efficiency and performance—aspects the company says are crucial to the electric and autonomous vehicle revolution.
REE’s platform—aimed at automakers, mobility providers, and delivery companies—is based on a quad-motor system and includes active height-leveling suspension, steer-by-wire, and a smart quad gearbox. The platform can enable a high-performance car able to do 0-60 mph in less than 3 s, an off-road SUV with advanced active suspension technology, and can also be used as the base of a robotaxi or a 10-ton cross country truck.
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