New Class 3 truck from Ree
By Chad Elmore11 August 2022
P7-B now part of a fleet of vehicles available to prospective customers to evaluate, test
Ree Automotive Ltd., an automotive technology company and provider of electric vehicle (EV) platforms, announced P7-B, a Class 3 delivery truck built on a P7 cab chassis. Following intensive customer evaluations at Ree’s UK Engineering Center, P7-B is part of a fleet of vehicles available to prospective customers to evaluate, test, and experience the unique agility, performance, and design enabled by Ree’s REEcorner x-by-wire technology.
The company said evaluations by prospective customers including global delivery, logistics, and e-commerce companies have been positive and encouraging. The prospective customers reportedly experienced firsthand the low step-in height designed for faster delivery times as well as reduced energy consumption due to better aerodynamics and highly efficient power management system of the P7 chassis architecture. Customers also experienced the agility and maneuverability afforded by the company’s all-wheel drive and all-wheel steer for vehicle control, leading to better handling and safety in adverse conditions. The company said the cabin is designed for optimal ergonomics and human-machine interface for maximum driver comfort, safety, and productivity. According to Ree, the P7-B aims to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) to help facilitate fleets’ transition to EVs.
The company said its P7 modular platform was designed to simplify development times of electric commercial models and is optimized for fleet owners looking to create their own commercial
vehicle brand, unique design and market differentiation utilizing the company’s configuration and low TCO due to Battery-as-a-Service, Data-as-a-Service and fast REEcorner swap. Last year, Ree announced key suppliers American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) to supply high-performance electric drive units and Brembo to co-develop and supply the braking system.
The Class 3 all-by-wire electric truck targets the commercial EV mid- and last-mile delivery market, with applications such as 16 ft. vans and delivery trucks.
This P7 delivery truck configuration offers increased interior space for passengers and cargo and a low step-in height while targeting a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 km/h), max range of 150 miles (241 km), up to 4400 lb (2000 kg) payload, and vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) of up to 14,000 lb (6350 kg). The configuration can be modified to best suit customer needs. The full x-by-wire architecture supports all-wheel steer, all-wheel drive, adaptive regenerative breaking, creep control, hill start assist, and torque vectoring as standard as well as over-the-air updates.
“The on-track testing of the P7-B and extensive customer evaluations are another crucial step on the road to commercialization and deployment of test fleets followed by scale adaptation in fleets,” said Tali Miller, chief business officer at Ree. “Feedback from our customers has been that this is the truck they have been waiting for – a driver-centric work truck that drives like a saloon car but is built to deliver under the harshest commercial duty cycle. Our modular P7 chassis allows us to design vehicles tailored to our customers’ needs and we are excited to be showing them what our unique technology affords their fleets as we support them on their path towards electrification and carbon neutrality.”
REE’s P7-B and the P7 modular chassis is targeted to be produced in North America and the UK.