REE Automotive, an automotive technology company that plans to manufacture platforms for electric vehicles (EVs), has announced progress in commercial production.
REE plans to introduce cloud-based robotic assembly lines on its network of global manufacturing facilities with a high degree of digital format, being the first at its European Integration Center in Coventry, UK.
The REE Integration Center in Coventry will serve customer demand in Europe with an initial focus on the P7 electric platform for commercial vehicles such as minibuses, buses and recreational vehicles. The site in Coventry will also work as a plan for all future REE integration centers with an expected capacity of 10,000 sets of vehicles (40,000 REEcorners) this year.
The North American Integration Center in Austin, Texas, is expected to double its global capacity to 20,000 sets of vehicles in 2023 by replicating its European brother’s highly automated cloud architecture.
The company is collaborating with industry leaders including Rockwell Automation and Expert Technologies for robotics and automated assembly, with the first assembly line expected to begin operations in the second half of 2022. The company expects to accept customer and media visits later this year.
REE introduces line-side management tools from Rockwell Automation and creates further efficiencies and savings through the adoption of the Plex Manufacturing Execution System (MES). The ability of the Plex cloud solution to provide full visibility of production operations allows you to scale production locally and in global integration centers.
“This is an important milestone on our path to commercial production next year. The automated and connected capabilities on our Coventry website are an excellent foundation for our global operations, as they allow us to continually customize our build procedures and quickly deploy them to other sites, ”said Josh Tech, Chief Operating Officer of REE. “Our cloud-based robotic production system will be the digital foundation for our assembly lines and give us local capabilities to manage our production operations for specific customers, as well as allow us to quickly share and scale best practices internationally across all plants.”
The integration center covers approximately 130,000 square feet, includes Industry 4.0 technology and will be partially powered by solar energy.
“We have a world-class team of highly skilled designers and engineers who lead the development, development and production of our innovative current and future technologies,” said Peter Doe, REE Vice President of Engineering. “Our team is doing a tremendous job of commercializing our REEcorner technology through corner assemblies and the P7 platform. The creation of the integration center in Coventry marks a key moment in the commercialization of innovative REEcorner technology and EV platforms, and this year began testing a prototype of the P7 platform on the track.