Karma’s extended range AWD E-Flex platform
Karma Automotive just announced its newest flexible and modular E-Flex platform. It has a two motor all-wheel drive (AWD) system and extended range electric vehicle (EREV) architecture. Karma’s new E-Flex platform is equipped with Karma’s Silicon Carbide (SiC) inverter e-drive system.
It comes with a 80 kWh battery that’s built to be flat and sit beneath the driver. Karma states that it can go up to 240 miles on all EV and, when used in conjunction as an extended range EV (EREV) it is supposed to get up to 495 miles on a combined cycle.
These numbers depend on the driver and the configuration.
The best part? It could underpin a pickup truck. “We’re very excited about this platform, and how it can be used to improve our customers’ speed to market. Our AWD Extended Range platform has the longest range and widest configuration of all our E-Flex platforms, allowing for high levels of efficiency and configurability to suit a variety of market needs,” said Kevin Pavlov, Chief Operations Officer, Karma Automotive. “For instance, in a pickup truck application, this platform’s EREV technology may allow the driver to negotiate steeper grades and get better performance throughout their driving pattern, which is beneficial for pulling trailers or carrying full payloads.”
Karma says, “Company’s offering allows proven technology to reach market faster and more efficiently for partner retail sale, fleets and other uses.”
There was no mention about horsepower, torque, payload or towing numbers. We are waiting to see how the off-road system will function as well. We don’t have any information on what type of range-extending engine it will have. No mention of production either.
Karma has already showcased other projects including their autonomous BEV (battery electric vehicle) van, super car platforms, daily driver BEVs and more. According to Karma, Additional components also available include Karma’s new SiC inverters.
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