The two companies were named joint winners for their collaborative work on the Mobility Service Module - or Hino Platformer - a customisable unit built on REEs ‘skateboard’ type modular EV platform, capable of transporting people, goods, or even delivering services to where they are most needed. The Mobility Service Module will use REE’s proprietary REEcorner technology, which packs critical drivetrain components into a single system positioned between the wheel and the chassis.
According to the companies, the solution will have a low-floor, full-flat design and also support autonomous driving. Hardware prototypes are expected by mid-2022.
“Hino is delighted to have won this prestigious award together with our valued partner REE Automotive,” said Hino lead designer Seiichi Yamaguchi.
“Together we are going to provide new value to society through next-generation commercial mobility. With the flat chassis and the detachable Mobility Service Module, services and contents themselves become mobile. By sparking metabolism of old and new in our lives and communities, we aim to realise prosperous and sustainable societies where people can connect with communities to create a cycle of happiness.”
Hino is just one of several major automotive players that REE has worked with in recent years. Rather than competing with OEMs, the Tel-Aviv headquartered firm is seeking to partner with them as well as Tier 1 suppliers, providing a mobility base that underpins vehicles across the automotive sector, from passenger cars to light commercial vehicles, autonomous delivery to robotaxis.
“Hino is one of the world’s largest leading truck manufacturers and, together, we’re committed to bringing new value to society and reducing the carbon footprint,” said Ahishay Sardes, co-founder and chief technology officer at REE.
“We are honoured that our design collaboration has been recognised with this award, as our corner and control technology and fully-flat platform enable multiple new applications for modular commercial electric vehicles – helping us work toward a zero-emissions future.”