Thursday, April 18, 2024

Karma launches its extended range E-Flex platform for utility vans

In early April, Karma announced its flexible E-flex platform could be used for several types of vehicles: from autonomous vans to sports cars. Previously, the platform was showcased as the basis for an autonomous van and for an electric supercar.

Now, the startup has released some details about its E-Flex utility van platform with extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) architecture. This is actually the enlarged version of the platform that is under Karma’s current production car, as the electrified Karma Revero GT now driving has an extended range and uses the E-Flex platform.

The platform provides the ability to have a flexible all-electric range up to 200 miles (322 km) and a combined range of over 400 miles (644 km) depending upon configurations and commercial applications. According to the company, it can also be retrofitted to products, including commercial delivery fleet vehicles, shuttle buses, tradesman service vehicles, camper vans, and more.

Electrification represents a growing shift in the mobility industry, not only in consumer vehicles but in commercial vehicles as well. Karma is staying ahead of the curve by offering electric platform solutions for partners’ new and existing products,” said Karma Automotive Vice President of Business Development, Lewis Liu. “Our Karma EREV E-Flex van platform offers a variety of e-powertrain configurations and a flexible design. We provide the canvas for our partners to create mobility solutions their way while integrating Karma technology that has been featured and validated by our 2020 Revero GT on the road today.”

Karma’s E-Flex platform leverages the company’s proprietary technology, manufacturing, and engineering services to offer partners innovative solutions for electromobility. With the Karma E-Flex platform, vehicle manufacturers can optimize the development costs for the design, testing, certification, and construction of an EREV or BEV platform, thus enabling the electrification of their products with higher speed and efficiency.

All E-Flex platforms feature proven Karma technology, including production Revero GT drive motors in various configurations, gearbox, suspension, subframes, and steering, in addition to production body structure parts.