REE electric truck gets US nod for by-wire steering, braking, driving

Israeli startup REE Automotive on Thursday introduced that its P7-C electrical chassis-cab truck is the primary automobile with fully by-wire controls to be licensed on the market within the U.S.

Deliveries of the medium-duty business truck at the moment are underway following following Federal Motor Automobile Security Requirements (FMVSS) and EPA certification, REE mentioned in a press launch. The primary automobiles are “demonstration” fashions going to sellers and fleets, the startup famous, including that it expects P7-C vans to qualify for a federal tax credit score of as much as $40,000 per automobile, and over $100,000 in whole incentives with state-level credit factored in.

REE P7-C electric truck

REE P7-C electrical truck

REE has developed a full skateboard chassis with steering, braking, and acceleration all managed by-wire with no mechanical connection between the motive force’s controls and the wheels. Some manufacturing automobiles have used by-wire controls for sure features, however REE claims to be the primary to get a totally by-wire automobile licensed within the U.S.

This probably permits for a better diploma of flexibility in automobile design. With all mechanical parts contained within the chassis, there are fewer restrictions on the physique designs that may be positioned on prime of it. The strategy is just like that utilized by Canoo—which has even shown its naked skateboard platform in motion—however the startup has not delivered any production-spec automobiles but.

REE P7-C electric truck

REE P7-C electrical truck

Whereas it isn’t the primary firm to develop a skateboard platform, REE has been among the many quickest to commercialize it. The startup showed three modular platforms in 2020, and that 12 months Indian automaker Mahindra introduced plans to make use of an REE platform for electrical business automobiles.

REE could also be a front-runner, however it’s not far forward of a giant trade shift. Kia, as an example, announced s PBV lineup this past week that may boast all these by-wire traits—plus probably much more flexibility.

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