EAVX and REE Automotive to Begin Customer Evaluations of New Electric Walk-In Van.
EAVX, a subsidiary of JB Poindexter & Co (JBPCO), and REE Automotive have announced the companies' new fully electric walk-in step van prototype will begin customer evaluation this summer. According to the company, the class 5 vehicle debuts the EAVX body design powered by REE's modular P7 platform, making it the market's first fully drive-by-wire walk-in van.
The walk-in step van body is a new, ground up development and will be showcased for the first time on the REE P7 platform. The platform is intended to power class 3-5 vehicles with payloads up to 8,800 pounds and range of 370 miles, along with all-wheel steering, all-wheel drive, and autonomous-ready capabilities. In addition, the vehicle is designed to provide unique user benefits, efficiencies, and flexibility that can be scaled across further applications and classes with the modularity and design freedom enabled by REEcorner™ technology.
Evaluations of the new electric walk-in step van will take place over several weeks in the Detroit metropolitan area. The pre-booked event will allow pipeline customers across retail, delivery, and logistics segments to experience the vehicle, its groundbreaking technology, and secure production capacity on the path for 2023 deliveries.
Ree says the road testing demonstrates the maturity of the REE-EAVX next-generation modular walk-in step van program for the North American delivery market, first announced in July 2021. The prototype body, which will have more details unveiled soon, is a step forward in EAVX's mission to develop next-generation EV and AV powered delivery and work truck bodies and accessories as a business unit of JB Poindexter & Co.
"We are excited for customers to experience first-hand the unique benefits of the first x-by-wire vehicle built with a best-in-class Morgan Olson body and Powered by REE, a clear step toward firm orders." said Daniel Barel, Co-Founder and CEO of REE