Hino Motors and REE Automotive have signed an agreement to realise their shared vision of “providing new value to society through next-generation commercial mobility.”

The next-generation commercial mobility solution to be jointly developed by Hino and REE will comprise a modular platform (Powered by REE), which will carry a customised Mobility Service Module on top.

In addition, the Mobility Service Module can be detached from the EV platform and once apart, can serve as an independent, stand-alone unit.

This will not only be applied toward Mobility-as-a- Service (MaaS) and delivery segments, but this modular design could also offer solutions for new applications.

The specialised EV chassis to be jointly developed by Hino and REE will leverage REE Corner technology, which has critical vehicle components into a single system positioned between the wheel and the chassis.

The solution will have a low-floor, full-flat design, which also supports autonomous driving. The modular platform provides expandability and the Mobility Service Module is designed with customer co-creation in mind.

The companies will first work to develop hardware prototypes by FY2022, while evaluating business models, engaging potential customers and conducting demonstrations in parallel.

“The starting point of this collaboration is the Flat Former concept we showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show,” said Hino CEO, Yoshio Shimo.

“It received an excellent response and I am delighted to see this Flat Former concept come closer to reality. REE is a visionary company and I am confident this business alliance will become a driving force for Hino as we take on the challenge of generating new value in commercial mobility to harmonise with future society.”