Without having to accommodate an enormous engine beneath a protracted hood, electrical pickup truck designers are getting artistic with shapes. There’s Tesla’s wedge-shaped Cybertruck, and Amazon-backed Rivian is planning to place a trunk the place the engine would usually go.
Now, one other California-based electrical car startup, Canoo, has revealed a pickup tuck with a “cab ahead” design that locations the driving force nearly instantly over the entrance wheels.
As an alternative of a hood, the Canoo truck has a flat entrance like a van. That enables extra room for cargo mattress house with out making the truck too giant general.
The Canoo truck is 184 inches lengthy, or just a bit longer than a Toyota Corolla. It is way shorter than the Tesla Cybertuck, however the mattress, at six ft, is just six inches shorter. (The Cybertuck does seat extra folks, although.) The Canoo’s cargo mattress additionally has an extension that may slide out, offering two extra ft of size.
The Canoo truck’s snub-nosed physique form is just like some vans from the Fifties and ’60s, like Normal Motors’ Corvair pickup, the Jeep Ahead Management truck and the Volkswagen Kind 2 pickup, which was primarily based on the VW bus
The elimination of the engine additionally permits for extra space for storing contained in the truck apart from simply the cargo mattress. There’s extra storage up entrance beneath the cab, as an example. The door that folds down from the entrance of the truck will also be used as a piece desk, the identical method folks usually use pickup tailgates.
Equally, doorways additionally fold down from the perimeters of the cargo mattress to permit simpler entry there. These doorways will also be used as workbenches.
Canoo expects the truck to provide as much as 600 horsepower and 550 pound ft of torque from two electrical motors, which is greater than a V8-powered Ford F-150. The truck will be capable of drive over 200 miles on a cost, the corporate stated.
In February of final yr, Canoo and the Hyundai Motor Co. introduced plans to collectively develop an engineering platform for electrical automobiles to be used in each Hyundai and Kia automobiles.
Canoo has beforehand unveiled two vans, one a piece van and one other a “way of life” passenger van. The vans and the pickup are primarily based on Canoo’s skateboard-like platform that enables for a wide range of physique types.
The corporate went public late final yr via a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, merger and now has a market capitalization of $3.4 billion.
The corporate has not introduced pricing for the truck, however has stated it hopes to start delivering it to prospects in 2023. In addition to the Tesla Cybertruck, the Canoo truck may additionally face competitors from different startups like Rivian, in addition to from conventional automakers like Ford which plans to make an electric F-150 pickup.