REE Automotive (REE), a manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) platforms, and KYB Corporation (KYB), a hydraulic equipment manufacturer have today announced a partnership to develop next-gen suspension capabilities that’ll feature in future EV platforms. Together, these companies are looking to reshape and revolutionize the fundamental design principles of a vehicle – be it fully electric or not.
The two companies will be looking to create new suspension technology, which will integrate all the vehicle’s drivetrain components (steering, braking, suspension, e-motor) into the wheel. Here, by using REE Automotive’s adaptable platform, which allows complete freedom of design, it is said that it will “improve performance and safety, and modular applications for any vehicle type”.
The KYB-REE partnership marks the first time KYB has formally collaborated on EV platforms with a technology company. “KYB has vast experience in developing and manufacturing advanced suspension systems, and we are excited to partner with REE Automotive and share its revolutionary EV vision by engineering a suspension subsystem that supports the needs of tomorrow’s mobility ecosystem” said Kazunori Masumoto, General Manager of Engineering Headquarters at KYB Automotive Component Business Division.
REE’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Barel said, “REE is delighted to welcome KYB to our unique network of global strategic automotive partners, bringing world-class expertise in advanced suspension systems. KYB’s technology will play a crucial role in the rapid development of our next-generation EV architecture, which reinvents the electric vehicle with a completely flat, scalable and fully modular platform, ready to carry the future of e-mobility.”
REE has developed two core innovations; the REEcorner integrates all traditional vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, e-motor) into the arch of the wheel and the REEboard which is a completely flat and modular platform. It’s worth knowing that REE is supported by a network of Tier 1 partners, which means the company has access to 320 production lines around the world. The company’s goal is to carry the future of e-mobility forwards.