First US certification for REE fully ‘by-wire’ truck
Israeli developer REE Automotive has received FMVSS and EPA certifications in the US for its P7-C fully digital truck platform.
The P7-C developed by REE is the first fully by-wire truck to achieve the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification and this allows customer deliveries of demonstration trucks to begin.
The P7-C uses in-wheel motors on the corners of a skateboard platform to give maximum design flexibility and manoeuvrability, but this requires fully digital control systems. The certified system has enhanced safety with fail operational design via redundancies in hardware and software. The Wheel and motor can be easily replaced, enabling more efficient maintenance and lower spare part inventory management.
Pritchard EV, a dealer in the US, is the first to receive the P7-C demonstration truck for a roadshow with its large fleet 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.
“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.”
“Achieving this certification milestone is a testament to REE’s dedicated team and our determination to bring this technology to market safely,” said Richard Colley, REE’s VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs. “The federal and state incentives that the P7-C will be eligible for will help accelerate fleet electrification in the US, helping to improve public health and meet ambitious climate goals.”