Karma Automotive today announced the arrival of its SAE® Level 4 autonomous van with a battery electric vehicle (BEV) architecture, one of five platforms designed to offer new electric mobility solutions through highly versatile EREV (extended range electric vehicle) and BEV chassis systems.

The Karma L4 van is the latest in a series of platform development projects featuring the Karma E-Flex Platform. Last week, Karma debuted its first product in the series, an EREV E-Flex Platform based on its award-winning 2020 Revero GT. Additional demonstration platforms to be revealed in coming months include autonomously driven vehicles, high-performance supercar platforms and more.

Karma’s E-Flex Platform can be configured up to 22 different ways, including installation of SAE L4 technology on both BEV and EREV platforms. The L4 E-Flex Van can incorporate additional components including:  

Scalable Output Onboard Charger (for fast battery charging)I-shaped Battery Pack / BMS / Control Unit, etc.
Bi-directional ChargerKarma Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) Inverter
Engine-agnostic Extended Range1-4 motor flexibility REVKarma Silicon Carbide (SiC) Inverter
Dual Motor & Quad motor powertrain (affects cargo hauling abilities)Advanced EE System
Flat Battery Pack + BMS5-Star NCAP Ready

In cities where internal combustion engines are banned, the L4 Van will offer a sustainable solution for last-mile transportation by using autonomy to pilot the vehicle as it completes tasks on electric power. The autonomous cargo van’s technology can also be scaled to deliver critical supplies to underserved areas or act as a first responder vehicle for future disaster relief or public health crises.