Future Cars: The 2023 Canoo Electric Pickup Truck and Van Are Funky-Cool EVs

WHAT IT IS:

Electric cars in the Canoo Pickup and Canoo Van series have rounded, a faux forward-control design reminiscent of 1960s vans and trucks. Mechanically, these vehicles will be similar to a line of commercial vans with a more angular, interior-volume-maximizing design. Tall sitting spaces with no combustion engine in the way accommodate seven people in a tiny vehicle footprint in the passenger van, and a loft-inspired interior with recyclable materials allows for a great degree of potential customization. The truck is 21 inches shorter than today’s smaller-box compact pickups, with a 2+2-passenger extended cab and a full 6-foot bed. The box’s length is increased to 8 feet by a slide-out floor, and the barn-door-style tailgate has fold-out panels to enclose the extra room. A storage frunk and portions of the box’s tall walls pull-down to enable workspace. At camping or on the job, the power plugs in the box and frunk can offer power.

WHY IT MATTERS:

The EV business, situated in Southern California, is backed by Chinese investors, and its founders previously worked at Faraday Future and BMW. While sales of the commercial delivery van keep the company’s lights on, the retail van and pickup are planned to pioneer a subscription-based ownership model. Canoo’s appealing design, high level of product homogeneity, and cost-cutting innovations such as offering a single exterior color with wraps that allow uniqueness appear to favor the company’s long-term viability.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN:

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By sharing a completely electric skateboard chassis with a 112.2-inch wheelbase, economies of scale can be gained. Initial powertrain options include a single rear motor with 300 horsepower and 332-pound-feet of torque, or a front and back motor combination with 600 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive, according to Canoo. In the AWD truck, an 80-kWh battery is estimated to provide 200 miles of range and 250 miles in the rear-drive van. Wheelbases, battery pack sizes, and motor combinations for commercial vans are expected to follow. The AWD pickup truck has a maximum payload of 1,800 pounds, although towing capacity has yet to be confirmed.

ESTIMATED PRICE:

Canoo hasn’t revealed the details of its subscription plan, but we expect retail pickup and van prices to be in the $35,000 to $50,000 range.

EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: Spring 2023

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