The REE P7-C is a revolutionary electric truck that uses everything-by-wire technology to control its steering, braking, and driving systems. It is the first vehicle of its kind to receive approval for use on American roads.
Everything-by-wire technology, or x-by-wire, is a system that replaces traditional mechanical linkages between the driver and the vehicle’s components with electronic signals. This means that the driver does not physically control the steering wheel, brake pedal, or accelerator pedal, but rather sends commands to the vehicle’s computer, which then controls the corresponding modules.
The REE P7-C uses the company’s REEcorner technology, which integrates all the essential vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain, and control) into a single compact module located between the chassis and each wheel. Each of the four modules, one at each corner, is controlled by its own electronic control unit (ECU), while a central REEcenter ECU manages all corner-level functions.
What are the benefits of everything-by-wire technology?
According to REE, the company behind the REE P7-C, everything-by-wire technology offers several advantages for electric vehicles, such as:
- Superior maneuverability: The REE P7-C can steer all four wheels independently, allowing it to make tight turns and navigate narrow spaces.
- Expanded interior space: The REE P7-C has a flat and modular platform that can accommodate different body shapes and sizes, as well as more passengers, cargo, and batteries.
- Enhanced ergonomics: The REE P7-C has a low step-in height for the driver cabin, making it easier to enter and exit the vehicle.
- Improved serviceability: The REE P7-C has fewer moving parts and less maintenance requirements, as well as over-the-air update capability to keep the software up to date.
- Streamlined production: The REE P7-C uses four identical REEcorner modules, which simplifies the manufacturing process and reduces the time to market.
How safe is everything-by-wire technology?
REE claims that the REE P7-C is safe, despite its lack of physical connections to the controls. The company says that the vehicle has multiple hardware and software redundancies, as well as advanced safety features such as anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), and traction control system (TCS).
The REE P7-C has also passed the required tests and certifications to be approved for use on American roads, making it the first fully x-by-wire vehicle to do so. The company says that it is working with regulators and customers to ensure compliance and satisfaction.
Who are the customers of the REE P7-C?
The REE P7-C is designed for commercial applications, such as delivery, logistics, and mobility services. The company says that it has received strong demand from various sectors, and that it is providing demonstrator versions of the vehicle to dealers and fleets for evaluation.
The company also says that the REE P7-C is eligible for up to $40,000 in credits per vehicle via the Commercial Clean Vehicle Tax Credit, and that some customers could receive up to $100,000 in incentives per vehicle, depending on their location.
The REE P7-C is not the only product that REE offers. The company has a range of platforms and modules that can be customized for different types of electric vehicles, such as cars, vans, buses, and trucks. The company also says that its platforms are autonomous-ready, meaning that they can support self-driving technology in the future.