REE Automotive has unveiled Leopard, the new fully autonomous concept vehicle based on modular REEboard electric vehicle platform architecture. The solution developed by the Israeli company, which has recently opened its US headquarters in Austin, Texas, to follow the North American market, is thought for delivery, e-retail and logistics, with design developed based on stated needs from specific companies.
REE Automotive’s Leopard concept: some technical insights
According to REE, «fully-autonomous delivery fleets ‘Powered by REE’ will allow customers to build autonomous and electric vehicle fleets according to their exact specifications with unmatched interior space for transporting passengers and cargo. REE’s technology will be seamlessly integrated with any top hat and autonomous hardware». Leopard’s design and specifications are the results of collaborative work with leading global delivery and technology companies focused on autonomous delivery and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) fleets. The concept vehicle is 3.4 m in length with front-wheel-steer, rear-wheel-drive and has a 2-tonne gross vehicle weight rating and some additional specifications, such as X-by-wire REEcorner technology for drive, steer and brake control, easy cargo accessibility or 50 kWh battery capacity.
Leopard is designed to carry significantly more cargo due to REE’s low, flat floor. This means improved environmental impact of fewer trips in fewer vehicles, backed by a strong cost of ownership (TCO) structure: each vehicle in the fleet will be less expensive to run and maintain due to reduced energy cost and improved serviceability, leading to lower maintenance costs.
How to carry out autonomous, zero-emissions last mile deliveries
«This concept showcases just one design application of our ground-breaking technology, one that answers the strategically crucial question of how to carry out autonomous, zero-emissions last mile deliveries, which has huge growth potential», commented Daniel Barel, REE co-founder, and CEO. «Autonomous and electric vehicles ‘Powered by REE’ offer unsurpassed operational efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership combined with full flexibility when it comes to integrating top hats in virtually any size, shape or form. We’re here to make the shift to a carbon-neutral future a reality faster and at scale».