Ree Automotive started testing its new P7 modular platform for electric delivery vehicles and walk-in vans in the United States. The Israeli company says it developed P7 based on specifications from one of the world’s largest delivery companies, without disclosing the name.
At CES in Las Vegas, Ree said that the P7 would be designed for US Classes 3 through 5. Classes 3 to 5 fall under medium-duty commercial vehicles from 4.5 to a maximum of 8.8 tons gross vehicle weight. Some US pickups are also in these weight classes.
The P7 is the largest design of the modular E-platform, which is based on specially developed drive modules called Ree Corner. It is a platform in which all critical vehicle components are installed between the chassis and the wheel in the corners of the vehicle. These four compact individual modules – consisting of suspension and drivetrain – ensure a flat interior floor, even between the axles.
Ree is not yet giving more details about the vehicles built on the P7. The platform shown in the photos is 7.6 meters long and 2.4 meters wide – this is the maximum configuration. Lengths of between 6.2 and 7.6 meters are possible, widths between 1.6 and 2.4 meters, and Ree specifies a vehicle height of 2.0 to 3.0 meters.
The battery size also depends on the vehicle size; a maximum of 120 kWh is possible. Each “Ree Corner” module can provide up to 100 kW – but front-, rear- and all-wheel drives are possible. In addition, either only the front axle can be steered – since the four modules are identical, all-wheel steering is also possible. The claimed top speed is 130 km/h, the maximum range of 370 miles or just under 600 kilometers.
On the road to production, Ree had entered into development cooperation with US supplier American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) as reported last year.