Engine Placement EXPLAINED
The Israeli company REE has developed a fully modular vehicle suspension in which the engine, transmission, steering, suspension and many other systems are located in the wheel compartment..
A team of engineers from Tel Aviv decided to rethink existing automotive standards and offer revolutionary architecture for future electric vehicle models.
In the proposed concept, each wheel is on a lightweight rim, connected through an ultra-compact suspension and steering system with the same compact electric motor and gearbox. Fully electronic control includes many sensors in each wheel unit that transmit information to the central system, so no direct mechanical or hydraulic action from the driver is required.
Developed by technology allows you to use just one platform for anything: from a sports car and an SUV to a golf cart or ten-ton cargo van. Modular design also provides the ability to use all kinds of suspension and steering.
New design offers a number of benefits. Modularity makes the platform versatile and allows designers to use the free space as they see fit. The reduction in weight improves energy efficiency and allows for increased payload. At the same time, automakers will not need to spend years and millions of dollars on the development and testing of separate platforms for each of their lines..
Maintenance of such vehicles will be simple. It will be enough to raise the car, remove the wheel and pull out the module to repair or replace everything you need.
According to Daniel Barela, CEO of REE, the company already has partnerships with Mitsubishi, Musashi, Linamar, Tenneco, NXP and other manufacturers. He expects the first cars with the new architecture to hit the market around 2023. Low-speed vans should be the first models, as savings by reducing the mass of transport by 50-70% will increase the efficiency of cargo transportation.
We also previously reported on the development of plasma ignition systems air-fuel mixture that increases engine efficiency by 10-20%.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: REE
Wind turbines have been created to collect energy from moving vehicles