REE Automotive will build a commercial electric vehicle factory in Coventry, UK.

The Israel-based startup said the highly automated assembly plant that it will complete this year in partnership with Rockwell Automation and Expert Technologies will have an annual production capacity of 10,000 EV chassis.

The company did not disclose the amount of the investment or how many jobs would be created, but chief executive Daniel Burrell said the high level of automation meant the plant could be run by dedicated employees. About seven people.

“It’s an asset-light assembly using a cloud-based infrastructure,” Burrell told Reuters. The expansion as well as the construction of any additional factories is expected to take the company 10-11 months.

REE already plans another Austin, Texas factory in 2023 to replicate this highly automated cloud-based system, doubling its manufacturing capacity to 20,000 EV chassis.

The company said the Coventry plant will initially focus on its P7 electric platform for commercial uses such as delivery vans, buses and leisure vehicles.

REE plans to start production of an electric delivery van and a people mover in 2023.

Instead of traditional axles, REE’s electric vehicle platform operates using four separate wheels – each with its own steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and controls – which allows its vehicles to carry a flatter, larger cargo. Provides more space for

As traditional automakers gear up to produce electric vans and trucks, start-ups are focused more than ever on finding a competitive or technological advantage to stay on the road when their bigger rivals are in gear. start taking steps.

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