Ree begins testing new EV P7 business platform

Ree Automotive has started testing its new P7 modular platform for electric delivery vehicles and vans in the United States. The Israeli company claims to have 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 the P7 would be designed for US Classes 3 through 5. Classes 3 through 5 fall under medium utility vehicles from 4.5 to a maximum of 8.8 tonnes gross vehicle weight. Some American mics are also in these weight categories.

The P7 is the larger design of the E Modular 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 frame and the wheel at the corners of the vehicle. These four compact individual modules – consisting of a suspension and a transmission – ensure a flat interior floor, even between the axles. The platform’s low-floor design aims to maximize cargo space while maintaining the same footprint. With “volumetric efficiency,” Ree promises its customers higher operating margins.

The smaller version (called the P1) can weigh up to 1.8 tonnes and is intended for downtown last mile delivery vehicles. The number corresponds to the respective maximum weight in tonnes for variants P2, P4, P6 and P7. P4 is intended to enable an LCV, electric shuttle or SUV, while P7 was previously announced for a mid-weight delivery truck with a gross vehicle weight of seven tonnes. By current specs, Ree won’t quite exceed the 8.8 tons of the American Class 5, but has increased the gross vehicle weight rating to 7.5 tons.

Ree does not give further details on the vehicles built on the P7 yet. The platform shown in the photos is 7.6 meters long and 2.4 meters wide – this is the maximum configuration. Lengths 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 size of the battery also depends on the size of the vehicle; a maximum of 120 kWh is possible. Each “Ree Corner” module can deliver up to 100 kW, but front, rear and full traction are possible. In addition, either only the front axle can be steered – since all 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.

Importantly for logistics customers, the maximum payload is 8,800 pounds or four tons, and the total cargo volume is 39.6 cubic meters, according to the company. In addition, the cargo floor is at least 20 inches above the road. The platform also offers data as a service, intended to give fleet managers “complete visibility and insight into their fleet operations”.

On the road to production, Ree had entered into development cooperation with US supplier American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM), as reported last year.