What if you were told that your passengerCan a car be easily turned into a powerful truck or a light golf cart? How would you imagine it? Surely you would assume that you get something like a transformer, which replaces the wheels and rebuilds the cab and body, changing the appearance. However, this is nothing fantastic. The Israeli company REE recently introduced a universal platform that will allow you to create cars of any configuration. In this case, "transform" you do not have to.
Over the past six years in modethe strictest secrecy REE engineers worked on a completely unique technology for the production of cars. It’s hard to believe, but REE managed to place all the main parts of the car (engine, transmission, suspension, brakes and so on) in the wheel compartment. Thus, it can be said that the Israeli company "reinvented the car."
What is the uniqueness of technology?
Founder of the company and inspirer of the projectDaniel Barel says that their approach is a logical development of the idea of creating electric cars. After all, it is on the use of electricity as an energy source that the new development is aimed.
"Electric cars should not belimited to form factors and solutions that have developed during the production of cars based on internal combustion engines. If you use electricity, then the transmission, suspension and steering do not necessarily have the same as in our usual cars, "- says Mr. Barel.
The idea is to use a modular, flexible and easily scalable platform, on the basis of which it will be possible to produce any type of road transport.
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How it works?
The basis of the development is, as it was called themselvesdevelopers, "wheel module". That he is the component that is responsible for all systems of the car. The wheel module contains everything you need: from the brakes to the gearbox. The wheel modules are connected to the platform and the whole assembly is reminiscent of a “big skateboard”. In this case, on top of the "skateboard" you can install any body or cabin.
Each wheel module has its own tasks. Roughly speaking, one version of the module allows you to achieve maximum speed, the other - the greatest capacity, and the third will provide you with the best throughput.
At the same time and during the repair difficultieswill arise: raise the car, remove the wheel modules, replace parts and put everything back. Or we change the modules for the modules of a different type and get a new car. Will only change the case.
One of the prototypes with wheel modules installed
In addition, a very promising area of use of the platform is the creation of unmanned vehicles. First of all, for the delivery of goods.
"I think that autonomous delivery of goods willone of the first areas where we can apply our technology, ”says Daniel Barel. “With the new configuration of the car, and even in the absence of the driver, we increase the internal space by 50-70 percent. This means that it will be possible to transfer much more goods at a time. ”
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