The Los Angeles-based electric company Canoo today unveiled its first electric vehicle, the Canoo. This futuristic van-like EV will be available only through a subscription service beginning in 2021.
As you can see, the Canoo electric car certainly doesn’t look like anything offered by other companies. The pod-like design offers a more roomy interior for seven passengers while maintaining the exterior footprint of the compact car. The rear seats are designed to be comfortable and stylish, more like a sectional sofa than a traditional car seat. And the front seats are inspired by mid-century modern chairs.
One more interesting feature includes the ability for anyone in the car to control the navigation, music, or air conditioning from a smartphone or tablet. Everything can be handled through an app, so you can enjoy a smart home-like experience.
Also, the vehicle comes with Advanced Assisted Driving System (ADAS) and driver monitoring technology, which allow it to protect drivers from roadside interference more effectively. To protect the safety of the passengers, Canoo uses a total of 7 cameras, five radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. These sensors can detect nearby objects and other cars using deep learning algorithms for better protection of the driver and passengers.
Canoo’s exclusive “skateboard” chassis structure contains all of the mechanical components and the battery pack. This allows Canoo to easily fit different bodies to make new models and also helps maximize interior space since almost everything is below floor level.
The battery offers a range of 250 miles, and a DC fast charging will allow an 80% charge in 30 minutes. At launch, the car will have a single electric motor sending 300 hp and 313 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels.
The Canoo EV subscription concept has a lot to offer potential users, but it is incredibly difficult for new companies to bring a vehicle into mass production. The company will now begin beta testing the fleet of its vehicles before focusing on production by the end of the year. The launch of the commercial service is expected in 2021, starting in Los Angeles.