Karma Automotive is giving us a look into the future as they’ve unveiled their E-Flex platform.
Described as a “highly versatile” architecture, the E-Flex platform can be used to underpin an assortment of electric vehicles including autonomous delivery vans, high-performance supercars and more traditional models.
The platform is used on the 2020 Revero GT, but Karma noted additional extended range-extended offerings will be “showcased in coming weeks.” They’ll be joined by a platform for battery electric vehicles as well as undisclosed “proof-of-concept” models.
Karma didn’t go into too many specifics, but the company’s chief operating officer, Kevin Pavlov, said “We created a physical product that can be formatted into five different products, what others have called a one-dimensional skateboard, but what we call our E-Flex Platform, a multi-use solution.” That sounds like gibberish, but he noted the platform is highly flexible as “There are up to 22 different possible configurations available, covering various battery-packaging variants and different drive motor drive systems.”
While the company is staying tight-lipped, Karma noted the E-Flex platform will enable them to develop vehicles faster and at a lower cost. Karma also said platform will embrace autonomy, artificial intelligence and advanced transportation solutions.
Of course, the mention of supercars is interesting as it suggests the SC2 concept could eventually go into production. The model was unveiled at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and featured two electric motors that produced a combined output of 1,100 hp (820 kW / 1,115 PS). This enabled the car to rocket from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 1.9 seconds and travel up to 350 miles (563 km) on a single charge.