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REE and KYB partner to develop modular EV platform

REE and KYB partner to develop modular EV platform

REE Automotive (REE) and KYB Corporation (KYB) have announced a strategic partnership to develop suspension capabilities for future electric vehicle (EV) platforms.

Automotive Tier 1 supplier KYB's unparalleled semi-active and active suspension systems will boost REE's next-generation EV platform, which delivers complete design freedom and cost-effective, scalable solutions in e-mobility. The combined expertise of technology and electric vehicle platforms company, REE and KYB, a global hydraulics manufacturer, will reshape the movement of goods, people and services by revolutionising electric vehicle design.

REE's partnership with KYB further expands REE's global manufacturing capabilities. It also ignites a new level of suspension technology within the REEcorner™ architecture solution, which integrates all drivetrain vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, e-motor) into the wheel. The REEcorner™ combines with the REEboardTM – a completely flat platform – allowing complete freedom of design, improved performance and safety, and modular applications for any vehicle type – from last mile delivery to heavy duty shipping.

The KYB-REE partnership marks the first time KYB has formally collaborated on EV platforms with a technology company. "KYB has vast experience in developing and manufacturing advanced suspension systems, and we are excited to partner with REE Automotive and share its revolutionary EV vision by engineering a suspension subsystem that supports the needs of tomorrow's mobility ecosystem" said Kazunori Masumoto, General Manager of Engineering Headquarters at KYB Automotive Component Business Division .

REE's Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Barel said, "REE is delighted to welcome KYB to our unique network of global strategic automotive partners, bringing world-class expertise in advanced suspension systems. KYB's technology will play a crucial role in the rapid development of our next-generation EV architecture, which reinvents the electric vehicle with a completely flat, scalable and fully modular platform, ready to carry the future of e-mobility."

Source: REE Auto

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