Sunday, February 25, 2024

REE’s P7-C becomes the first-ever certified fully by-wire truck in the U.S.

REE Automotive, an automotive technology company and provider of full-by-wire electric trucks and platforms, announced that it has begun customer deliveries of its P7-C fully-by-wire electric truck.

The company achieved Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for the first-ever vehicle that operates entirely through steer-by-wire, brake-by-wire, and drive-by-wire technology.

The P7-C medium-duty commercial truck is based on REE’s wildly flexible, super-flat skateboard chassis. The chassis is known for its flexibility and super-flat design, and it seems like a promising platform for electric vehicles, allowing for different configurations and applications. The truck has a gross weight of 16,000 lb (7,258 kg) and a maximum length of 16 feet. It can travel up to 150 miles (241 km) on a single charge and has a powerful 536-hp (400-kW) powertrain that can control each wheel independently for steering, braking, and driving.

REE's P7-C from above showing by-wire connections
REE’s P7-C from above shows by-wire connections. Credit: REE

The P7-C also features a unique “corner unit” design, where each wheel module contains all the necessary components for motion and stability, such as electric drive motors, suspension, brakes, and cooling systems. These modules can be easily attached or detached from the chassis, making maintenance and customization very simple and fast.

The benefits of REE’s proprietary REEcorner and x-by-wire technology are numerous and impressive. They enable superior maneuverability and volumetric efficiency, enhanced safety with fail-operational design via redundancies in hardware and software, improved ergonomics with low step-in height and driver-centric cabin, improved serviceability, more efficient maintenance and lower spare part inventory management, improved residual value, future-proofed, autonomous-ready and OTA upgrade capable, modular design and quick time to market, and optimal energy efficiency.

The fully by-wire vehicle has improved ergonomics with low step-in height and driver-centric cabin
The fully by-wire vehicle has improved ergonomics with low step-in height and a driver-centric cabin. Credit: REE

The Powered by REE P7-C medium-duty electric commercial truck has met the required standards and gained EPA approval. REE has started to deliver the first batch of P7-C demonstration trucks for evaluations by multiple fleets in North America through its fast-growing Authorized Dealer Network.

Pritchard EV, a leading dealer in the U.S., has received the first P7-C demonstration truck for a roadshow with its large fleet of customers. Additional REE-authorized dealers and leading fleets are expected to receive additional P7-C demonstration units in the coming weeks.

“I believe our REEcorner is a true gamechanger, allowing us to build electric trucks that fleets will want to buy, and drivers will love to drive as we continue to see a strong demand for our work trucks,” said Daniel Barel, CEO and co-founder of REE Automotive, in the press release. “I am incredibly proud of the team at REE for completing certification of the automotive industry’s first-ever fully x-by-wire vehicle. Our customers have been eagerly waiting for our vehicles to be ready to deliver, and now our first demo trucks are on their way to dealerships for customer evaluations.”

REE stated that its P7-C is eligible for the U.S. federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commercial Clean Vehicle Tax Credit (Internal Revenue Code 45W). This tax credit allows customers to receive up to $40,000 per vehicle. The company is also working towards eligibility for various state incentives, which could increase the total incentive amount to over $100,000 per vehicle, depending on the customer’s location.