Israel's REE Automotive to develop new EV propulsion system with US-based agency

This year REE went public through a merger with blank-check company 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp in a deal that valued at around $3.6 billion.
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| Updated on: 07 May 2021, 06:07 PM
REE Automotive CEO Daniel Barel seen standing on one of the three next-gen EV platforms on track.
REE Automotive CEO Daniel Barel seen standing on one of the three next-gen EV platforms on track.

Automobile parts maker American Axle & Manufacturing and Israel's REE Automotive will jointly develop an electric propulsion system to tap accelerating demand for battery-powered vehicles, the companies said on Friday.

The propulsion system, which powers automotive vehicles, will incorporate American Axle's electric drive units into Ree's technology that integrates all the traditional vehicle chassis components into the arch of the wheel.

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The electric drive units will be developed by American Axle in Detroit and prototypes will be delivered by the end of the year. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"This agreement to provide electric drive technology ... is an important step in growing AAM's electric propulsion business," said American Axle Chief Executive Officer David Dauch.

Earlier this year, REE agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check company 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp in a deal that valued the electric-vehicle technology startup at around $3.6 billion.

Investors in the transaction included Mahindra and Mahindra and auto supplier Magna International.

Separately, American Axle said it will receive $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance the development of its electric drive technology.

First Published Date: 07 May 2021, 06:07 PM IST
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