REE, an Israeli startup developing a corner module that integrates the wheel and drive components into a single unit, has cooperated with Hino Motors, a provider of commercial vehicles, on Hino’s new FlatFormer modular concept. The FlatFormer is a flat, super-flexible chassis that supports a range of body configurations. The vehicle maker showcased the concept at the recent Tokyo Motor Show.
REE says its modular corner supports any size EV, which significantly simplifies and expedites model development cycles for OEMs. By utilizing REE’s corner module, Hino says its light-duty FlatFormer chassis delivers optimized space, flexibility, and energy efficiency. The chassis supports a range of plug-and-play body configurations which optimize internal vehicle space and provide room for additional in-car batteries and safety tech.
“REE is on a mission toward widespread sustainable and modular electrified mobility.” said REE CEO Daniel Barel. “REE’s goal is to enable Hino’s future plan with more space in a smaller footprint with full compatibility with their advanced chassis. REE’s modular corner technology works seamlessly within the FlatFormer, allowing for a flat chassis configuration.”