How to transform a car into a truck? Easily!
What if you were told that your car can easily turn into a powerful light truck or a golf cart? How would you imagine that? Surely you would have guessed what would happen something like a transformer, which replaces the wheels and rebuilds the cab and the body, changing the appearance. However, there is nothing fantastic. REE Israeli company recently introduced a universal platform that will create a car of any configuration. At the same time, "transform" you do not have to.
For the past six years in the strictest secrecy REE engineers worked on an absolutely unique technology for the production of cars. It's hard to believe, but the REE managed to put all the major parts of the car (engine, transmission, suspension, brakes and so on) in the wheel compartment. Thus we can say that the Israeli company "invented the car again."
What is unique about the technology?
The company's founder and inspirer of the project Daniel Barel argues that their approach is a logical development of the idea of creating electric vehicles. After all, the use of electricity as an energy source and a new development aims
"Electric cars do not have to be restricted form factors and solutions that have been established for the production on the basis of an internal combustion engine vehicles. If you are using electricity, the transmission, suspension and steering are not necessarily arranged as well as our usual cars ", - says Mr. Barel.
The idea is to use a modular, flexible and easily scalable platform on which it will be possible to make any kind of road transport.
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How does it work?
At the heart of the development is, as it was called by the developers, "the wheel module." That he is the component that is responsible for all vehicle systems. The wheel module contains everything you need: from brakes to transmissions. The wheel modules are connected to the platform and all this assembly resembles a "big skateboard". In this case, on top of the "skateboard", you can adjust the body or cab.
Each wheel unit has its own task. Roughly speaking, one version of the module allows you to reach the maximum speed, the other - the largest load capacity, and the third will provide you with better cross.
In this case, during repair of difficulties will not arise: we raise the car, remove the wheel modules, replace the parts and put it all back. Or, replace the module on a different type of modules and get a new car. Will only have to change the body.
One of the prototypes installed wheel modules
In addition, a very promising field of use of the platform is to create unmanned vehicles. First of all, for the delivery of goods.
"I think that the autonomous delivery of goods is one of the first areas where we can apply our technology," - says Daniel Barel. "With the new configuration, auto, and even in the absence of the driver, we are increasing the interior space by 50-70 percent. This means that it will be possible to transfer more goods at a time. "
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