REE’s platform shows a Leopard can change its body


REE Automotive has revealed Leopard, a concept autonomous vehicle based on REE’s modular EV platform design. The full-scale concept is targeted at potential customers including last-mile autonomous and electric delivery companies, delivery fleet operators, e-retailers, and technology companies seeking to build fully autonomous logistics systems.

The Leopard concept would enable customers to build autonomous and electric vehicle fleets according to their exact specifications, with generous interior space for transporting passengers and cargo. REE’s technology can be seamlessly integrated with any ‘top hat’ body and autonomous hardware, to suit an operator’s needs.

REE’s skateboard chassis can be seamlessly integrated with any ‘top hat’ body and autonomous hardware, to suit an operator’s needs

The Leopard’s design and specifications have been developed in collaboration with leading global delivery and technology companies focused on autonomous delivery and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) fleets. The concept vehicle is 3.4m in length with front-wheel-steer and rear-wheel-drive with a 2-tonne gross vehicle weight rating. The vehicle uses ‘X-by-wire’ REEcorner technology for drive, steer and brake control, with 50kWh battery capacity and a top speed of 60mph.

As a last mile autonomous concept vehicle, Leopard’s cargo capacity is critical, and it has been maximised to 180ft3, enabled by its low, flat floor.

“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,” said Daniel Barel, REE’s 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.”

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Adam divides his time as an editor between the worlds of aviation and motoring. These worlds may seem a little diverse today, but autonomous technology and future urban mobility is bringing them ever-closer. Adam is also chairman of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards.

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