“Skateboards” Are The In Thing With Electric Cars

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Don’t worry about sweating that summer body, because your future electric will be the one getting a whole lot skinnier. An engineering firm named REE is one of the latest to get into the booming business of making smaller, lighter, and thinner platforms to build a vast range of electric vehicles.

  • Upstart engineering firm REE introduces an ultra-thin and lightweight electric car platform.
  • Skateboard-style chassis are the next big thing with EV manufacturers.
  • REE says this platform works with anything from trucks, to sports cars, and even a self-driving robotaxi.

In fact, REE says its “skateboard” chassis can form as the basis for anything from a 720-horsepower work truck, to a rear-wheel drive sedan with 400 miles of range, and even an electric sports car capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds. That’s about as fast as a Tesla Model S fitted with Ludicrous Mode, in case you were wondering.

REE also says its chassis, which snugly integrates as many technical components as possible into each wheel hub, could also someday form the basis for a self-driving robotaxi. These conveyances would offer all-wheel steering, and what REE colorfully refers to as a “magic carpet ride suspension.” So, to all you Aladdin fans out there, your future taxi fantasy awaits!

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REE isn’t the only one making EV chassis that are flatter and skateboard-like in appearance. Rivian has a similar plan for its upcoming trucks and SUVs. Photo: Rivian

In terms of space and size, REE says its basic platform tips the scales at around 844 pounds. That’s not including bodywork or interior fittings, of course. But still, when you consider REE says this includes all major powertrain components – from the battery pack, to electric motors, and all steering and suspension parts – that’s an impressive figure. For comparison, a two-passenger Mazda Miata convertible weighs in at about 2,300 pounds.

REE says it’s working with some major players in the automotive world, though four of the ten companies listed as “Partners” on the company’s website are blurred out and listed as “classified.” We’ll keep close tabs on the direction this upstart EV engineering firm takes in the months ahead.


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