EV Platform Shoves Everything But the Battery Inside the Wheel

first_img Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car Stay on target An Israeli startup called REE wanted to re-imagine the EV skateboard from an outside perspective. What they came up with is the design you see here.At first glance it might not appear all that different from any skateboard platform you’ve seen before. It’s a flat base with four wheels, after all.In reality, though, it’s strikingly different. There’s only one component in that base: the battery. Everything else is built in to the the wheels: motors, drivetrain, suspension, steering, brakes, and all the other electronics and sensors.REE’s CEO Daniel Barel told New Atlas that the design takes up between 50 to 75% less space. The ridiculously small  gearbox measures about 16cm and weighs just 6kg, but Barel points out that it outperforms anything on the market right now.It’s an incredibly flexible platform. REE sees it working on just about any kind of four-wheeled vehicle, from high-performance sports cars that can do 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds to minibuses and cargo haulers. All a manufacturer has to do is stretch the base and battery to the appropriate size and slap on the wheels.Barel has already spoken with several OEMs (including Mitsubishi and Musashi) and was blown away by their response. Not only did they like what they saw, but a few asked to invest and help out with research and development.The benefits for automakers are pretty clear, but REE’s platform could be a great thing for consumers, too. Because everything is stuffed into a small, modular package, vehicle repairs could become much less complicated — and cheaper!Heck, one day you might be able to swap out a problematic wheel unit the way you do a propane tank for your barbecue: drive over to the gas station, give the attendant the wheel that needs servicing, and exchange it for another one that’s already been reconditioned.That won’t happen right away, naturally, but you may see REE-based vehicles on the road fairly soon. Barel figures that will happen by 2023.More on Geek.com:Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdNissan’s Newest EV Is an Ice Cream TruckFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Carlast_img

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