- Knapheide, North America’s most popular manufacturer of work truck bodies and truck beds, will upfit REE’s P7-C chassis cab on a made-to-order basis
- P7C with a customized Knapheide body will be an integrated product designed to reduce downtime and improve tailored electric fleets’ time to market
- Knapheide and REE are actively welcoming orders from North American customers
TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — REE Automotive Ltd. (Nasdaq: REE), an automotive technology company and provider of full by-wire electric trucks and platforms, today announced it is working in partnership with Knapheide, North America’s most popular manufacturer of work truck bodies and truck beds, to create full electric vehicle solutions. Knapheide will upfit REE’s P7-C chassis cabs to meet the requirements for fleet customers across all electric vehicle types ranging from Class 3-5.
“With over 170 years experience in commercial vehicles, Knapheide is working with REE to design and manufacture body solutions for the REE P7-C chassis cab. That, paired with Knapheide’s wide breadth of install capabilities and access to additional work truck equipment, makes us the most popular choice in North America for work truck bodies and solutions,” said Chris Weiss, Vice President of Engineering for Knapheide. “As REE is building out its dealer network around North America, we see the potential to put our bodies on their fully-flat, low-step height chassis and provide a really groundbreaking full vehicle solution. Knapheide is known for its ability to make it easy for fleet owners to take their upfit from concept to completion.”
“Powered by REE electric vehicles with a Knapheide body create a top-notch-vehicle solution,” said Tali Miller, Chief Business Officer of REE. “We’re eliminating the backend work for our customers of trying to configure a body on a chassis and understand which brands will pair well together. We believe partnering with Knapheide will help make the ordering process more seamless, drastically reducing the time from order to delivery for dealers, and with an integrated product delivered. By working with body builders like Knapheide, we have innovative new solutions that will allow customers to realize the full potential and benefits of vehicles powered by REE.”
Knapheide bodies will complete REE’s chassis cab built as part of their flagship P7 electric truck lineup. The P7-C chassis cab was built to encourage flexibility and customization to fit the needs for a range of customer applications. The electric vehicles are powered by the REEcorners™, x-by-wire technology and are purpose-built to drive down total cost of ownership (TCO) for fleets. The vehicles are built for urban environments with market-leading product attributes including optimal maneuverability, full height interior cabs, class-exclusive all wheel drive, low step-in height, aerodynamic design, low noise, greater visibility and increased safety. All P7 configurations with Knapheide bodies including box trucks, service bodies and platform bodies are currently available to order with initial deliveries expected in 2024.
To learn more about REE Automotive’s patented technology and unique value proposition that position the company to break new ground in e-mobility, visit www.ree.auto.
Malory Van Guilder
Skyya PR for REE Automotive
VP Investor Relations | REE Automotive
About REE Automotive
REE Automotive (Nasdaq: REE) is an automotive technology company that allows companies to build electric vehicles of various shapes and sizes on their modular platforms. With complete design freedom, vehicles “Powered by REE” are equipped with the revolutionary REEcorner, which packs critical vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into a single compact module positioned between the chassis and the wheel, enabling REE to build the industry’s flattest EV platforms with more room for passengers, cargo and batteries. REE platforms are future proofed, autonomous capable, offer a low TCO, and drastically reduce the time to market for fleets looking to electrify. To learn more visit www.ree.auto.
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