Startup Canoo Unveils Electric Delivery Vehicle
After the introduction of its pod-like electric car last year, the startup Canoo presented a second vehicle. It is an electric delivery truck that is expected to cost around $ 33,000 and begin limited production in 2022, Canoo said in a press release. However, the company does not expect series production until 2023.
The pivot point from passengers to cargo is made possible by Canoo’s “skateboard” platform, which combines all of the vehicle’s mechanical components in an independent chassis. This allows different bodies to be placed on the same base housing without major redesign. In addition to its own vehicles, Canoo Hyundai can license the platform for some of the Korean automaker’s future electric cars.
Canoo plans to offer two versions of the van – the Multipurpose Delivery Vehicle 1 (MPDV1) and the MPDV2 with a higher roof. In the MPDV1 model, the company will also offer batteries with 40 kilowatt hours, 60 kWh and 80 kWh with an estimated range of 130 miles, 190 miles and 230 miles, respectively. A single electric motor sends 200 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels.
The optimized packaging of the skateboard platform gives the MPDV almost 30% more loading volume than conventional vans, Canoo said. The van also has a relatively low step-in height of 17 inches, making it easier for drivers to get in and out, while a steer-by-wire system makes it more manoeuvrable than other vans in narrow urban streets, according to Canoo.
With the 80 kWh battery and direct current fast charging, a charge of 20% to 80% can be carried out in 30 minutes, according to Canoo. The van can also be equipped with 120-volt or 240-volt AC sockets for powering tools or equipment. To the left of the driver’s seat is a shelf for a laptop.
Canoo promised full connectivity, including wireless software updates and data reporting capabilities. Some level of driver assistant technology will also be included, but Canoo didn’t provide many details on that.
Founded in 2017 by a group of former Faraday Future employees, Canoo’s first vehicle was a seven-passenger electric car marketed exclusively through a subscription service. Instead of buying or leasing, customers pay a monthly fee that includes the cost of the vehicle, insurance and maintenance. Canoo had previously announced that it would launch this service in 2021, starting in Los Angeles and on the West Coast. Vans are typically bought by commercial fleets, not individual users. Therefore, it is unclear how Canoo will market its van. However, the company has announced that it will be working with customers of large fleets of custom vehicles to meet their specific needs.
Canoo isn’t the only company developing an electric delivery vehicle. Rivian builds electric vans for Amazon with its own skateboard platform. Arrival is expected to supply UPS with electric delivery vans, while Ford recently unveiled an electric version of its popular transit van. Mercedes-Benz already sells electric vehicles in Europe and recently announced that it will bring its next-generation eSprinter delivery van to the US.