REE Automotive, a developer of e-mobility technologies, has unveiled its autonomous concept vehicle based on a new “ultra-modular” electric platform design.
The full-scale concept is geared for customers including last-mile autonomous and electric delivery companies, delivery fleet operators, e-retailers and technology companies seeking to build fully autonomous solutions.
Fully-autonomous delivery fleets “Powered by REE” will allow customers to build autonomous and electric vehicle fleets according to their exact specifications with unmatched interior space for transporting passengers and cargo. REE’s technology will be seamlessly integrated with any top hat and autonomous hardware.
Leopard’s design and specifications are the result of collaborative work with leading global delivery and technology companies focused on autonomous delivery and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) fleets.
The concept vehicle is 3.4 m in length with front-wheel-steer, rear-wheel-drive and has a 2-tonne gross vehicle weight rating and the following additional specifications:
- X-by-wire REEcorner technology for drive, steer and brake control
- Narrow design of 1.4 m (4.6 ft) and small footprint of 2.5 sq m (26.6 sq ft) for enhanced maneuverability
- Easy cargo accessibility
- 50 kWh battery capacity
- Top speed of 60 mph
- Cargo volume of 180 cubic ft
Leopard – a last mile autonomous concept vehicle – is designed to carry significantly more cargo due to REE’s low, flat floor.
This means improved environmental impact of fewer trips in fewer vehicles, backed by a strong cost of ownership (TCO) structure: each vehicle in the fleet will be less expensive to run and maintain due to reduced energy cost and improved serviceability, leading to lower maintenance costs.
Daniel Barel, REE co-founder and CEO, says: “This concept showcases just one design application of our ground-breaking technology, one that answers the strategically crucial question of how to carry out autonomous, zero-emissions last mile deliveries, which has huge growth potential.
“Autonomous and electric vehicles ‘Powered by REE’ offer unsurpassed operational efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership combined with full flexibility when it comes to integrating top hats in virtually any size, shape or form. We’re here to make the shift to a carbon neutral future a reality faster and at scale.”