- Basic robotic assembly proven and implemented on schedule in the first highly automated integration center in the UK
- New Cloud-Based Robotic Manufacturing Approach Creates Efficiency, Cost Savings and Flexibility of Scale
- Next integration center in Austin, Texas will replicate scalable robotic assembly operations
- Initial capacity of 10,000 sets of vehicles by the end of the year to double by 2023
NUNEATON, UK, May 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — REE Automotive Ltd. (NASDAQ: REE), an automotive technology company and provider of electric vehicle (EV) platforms, today announced progress toward commercial production after proving its robotic assembly capabilities, central to its lean and highly automated CapEx integration center manufacturing approach. REE plans to implement cloud-based robotic assembly lines across its network of highly digitized global manufacturing plants, the first at its European Integration Center in Coventry, UK.
REE’s Coventry integration center will meet customer demand in Europe initially focusing on the P7 electric platform for commercial vehicles such as delivery vans, buses and recreational vehicles. The Coventry site will also serve as a model for all future REE Integration Centres, with a planned capacity of 10,000 vehicle sets (40,000 REEcorners™) this year. The North American integration center in Austin, Texas, is expected to double its global capacity to 20,000 vehicle sets in 2023 by replicating the highly automated, cloud-based architecture of its European sibling.
The company is partnering with industry leaders including Rockwell Automation and Expert Technologies for robotics and automated assembly, with the first assembly line expected to be operational in the second half of 2022. The company plans to host visits from customers and media later this year.
REE implements line-side controls from Rockwell Automation and creates additional efficiencies and cost savings through the adoption of the Plex Manufacturing Execution System (MES). The ability of the Plex cloud-based solution to provide complete visibility into production operations enables scalable manufacturing locally and in global integration centers.
“This is an important milestone on our path to commercial production next year. The automated and connected capabilities at our Coventry site provide an excellent foundation for our global operations as they will allow us to continuously refine our assembly procedures and rapidly deploy them to other sites,” said Josh Tech, Chief Operating Officer of REE. “Our cloud-based robotic manufacturing system will be the digital backbone of our assembly lines and give us the local capability to manage our customer-specific manufacturing operations, while also allowing us to share and update ‘rapidly scaling up best practices internationally across all plants.’
The integration center is approximately 130,000 square feet, includes Industry 4.0 technologies and will be partially powered by solar energy.
“We have a world-class team of highly skilled designers and engineers who lead the design, development and production of our current and future innovative technologies,” said Peter Dow, vice president of engineering at REE. “Our team is doing extensive work to bring our REEcorner™ technology to market with P7 corner and platform versions. This establishment of the Coventry Integration Center marks a pivotal moment in the commercialization of innovative REEcorner™ technology and EV platforms, with on-track prototype testing of its P7 platform having begun this year.
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REE (NASDAQ: REE) is an automotive technology leader whose mission is to enable companies to build electric or autonomous vehicles of any size or shape – from Class 1 to Class 6 – for any application and all target markets. REE aims to serve as the foundation on which electric vehicles (“EVs”) and autonomous vehicles (“AVs”) will be built and envisions a future where EVs and AVs are “powered by REE™”.
REE’s revolutionary technology – the REEcorner™ – consolidates the vehicle’s critical components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into a single compact module positioned between the frame and the wheel, allowing REE to build platforms Fully flat EVs with more space for passengers, cargo and batteries. REE plans to use its proprietary X-By-Wire control technology to control each REEcorner™ of vehicles with full drive-by-wire, brake-by-wire, and steer-by-wire capabilities.
REE’s electric vehicle platforms are designed to offer customers complete design freedom, enabling automakers, OEMs, delivery and logistics fleets, mobility-as-a-service providers and new players to mobility to design mission-specific electric and audio-visual vehicles based on their exact needs. business needs and significantly reduce their time to market, reduce total cost of ownership and comply with zero carbon regulations.
Based in Glil Yam, Israel, REE has an engineering center in the UK, as well as subsidiaries in Japan and Germany, and plans to open its US headquarters and first integration center in Austin, Texas. REE’s unique CapEx-light manufacturing model leverages Tier 1 partners’ existing production lines; the company’s extensive partner ecosystem includes top names including Hino Motors (truck arm of Toyota), Magna International, JB Poindexter, Navya and American Axle & Manufacturing to provide a complete turnkey solution.
REE’s patented technology, combined with its unique value proposition, positions it to innovate in the field of electric mobility. For more information, visit https://www.ree.auto.
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