KYB Corporation has launched a strategic partnership with Israeli company EE Automotive (REE), who approached KYB to develop suspension capabilities for their future electric vehicle platforms.
KYB’s semi-active and active suspension systems will provide design freedom and cost-effective, scalable solutions for e-mobility. REE is working towards putting the suspension and also the braking system, steering and e-motor all together inside the wheel arch. KYB’s involvement in the project is the ‘in wheel’ suspension. This is called the REEcorner™ – each corner being completely independent and powered by the state of the art the REEboard™ ECU, controlling advanced x-by-wire technology. The technology allows for extreme modularity as each corner can be tailored to any vehicle requirements.
The REEboard™ is a completely flat, scalable and modular platform. As there is no need to design a new platform for each vehicle type, this saves major costs and time. It provides more volume on a smaller footprint, to carry more batteries within the chassis.
This partnership is the first time that KYB has collaborated on EV platforms with a technology company. Kazunori Masumoto, General Manager of Engineering Headquarters at KYB Automotive Component Business Division, explains: “KYB has vast experience in developing and manufacturing advanced suspension systems, and we are excited to partner with REE Automotive and share its revolutionary EV vision by engineering a suspension subsystem that supports the needs of tomorrow’s mobility ecosystem” .