Reimagining the electric vehicle with flat platforms: Page 3 of 3

July 19, 2019 //By Murray Slovick
electric vehicle
The future looks bright for electric vehicles (EVs) despite the fact that each platform can cost manufacturers billions to design, test, and build. What’s more, carmakers often struggle to recoup these costs through pricing alone, as EVs are still built in low numbers compared to ICE vehicles. Thus, cost amortization is higher per unit.

Barel and Sardes are also the founders of SoftWheel, theTel Aviv, Israel company behind an in-wheel suspension system for use in wheelchairs, bicycles, and in the automotive sector. SoftWheel's technology improves performance by using suspension arms set equidistant around a central hub to provide shock absorption, no matter the angle of impact from an obstacle. The suspension system actuates only when an obstacle or rough terrain is encountered, immediately returning the vehicle and rider to a level ride.

Going forward, REE reports it’s already collaborating with major automotive industry partners including Mitsubishi Corp., Musashi Seimitsu Industry (a Tier1 global auto parts supplier), Tenneco, American Axle, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and bearing manufacturer NSK.

This article first appeared on Electronic Design -

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