Southern California based Karma showcases fully electric E-Flex platform with an efficient flat floor battery electric vehicle (BEV) architecture. The new flexible and modular E-Flex platform is one of five demonstration projects designed to illustrate Karma’s technical direction and capabilities using highly versatile extended range electric vehicle (EREV) and BEV based rolling chassis systems.
The Karma E-Flex platforms support multiple powertrain, packaging and various vehicle applications, the company’s offering allows proven technology to reach market faster and more efficiently for partner retail sale, fleets and other uses.
Karma’s “Everyday BEV” E-Flex platform is a single motor, flat battery pack, front wheel drive platform with an 80 kWh battery and Karma’s new Silicon Carbide (SiC) inverter e-drive system. Engineered with compact electric architecture in mind, the platform offers an economic total cost of ownership and a low cost-per-mile performance with a range of consumer and commercial applications. The flexible electric platform can be used for everyday sedans, mass-transit and ridesharing, last-mile delivery of goods, and more.
All Karma E-Flex platforms leverage the company’s proprietary technology, manufacturing and design services to offer partners innovative electric mobility solutions. Using the Karma E-Flex Platform, vehicle manufacturers can optimize development costs to engineer, test, certify and build an EREV or BEV platform, allowing electrification of their products with greater speed and efficiency.
“Karma’s goal in creating the ‘Everyday BEV’ platform was to offer an economic solution for service vehicles, ridesharing vehicles, and last-mile delivery vehicles that can benefit from low cost of ownership and sustainable transportation,” said Mike Jones, Director of Chassis Engineering, Karma Automotive. “The Everyday BEV platform provides a host of benefits over traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles including adherence to clean air zones for city driving and quieter transport for passengers.”
The Karma’s E-Flex platform solutions are developed at the Karma Innovation and Customization Center (KICC), Karma’s state-of-the-art assembly plant in Moreno Valley, Calif. All E-Flex platforms feature proven Karma technology including production Revero GT drive motors in various configurations, gearbox, suspension, subframes and steering, in addition to production body structure parts. Most components have achieved over a million miles of Karma testing and in-market validation, ensuring Karma’s proven knowledge and award-winning vehicle technology are featured in each platform.
The Everyday BEV platform is the latest in a series of development projects featuring the Karma E-Flex Platform. Other Karma E-Flex platform exhibitions recently showcased include the company’s signature EREV platform, a BEV van equipped with SAE® Level 4 autonomous technology, a high-performance platform with supercar-capable architecture and an EREV van platform. Additional components also available include Karma’s new SiC inverters.