Canoo unveils its pod-like fully-electric pickup truck

The Californian startup Canoo has presented its fully-electric pickup truck, built with several unique features to help customers do more with their vehicles. The electric pickup truck can be pre-ordered from the second quarter of 2021 and will be delivered from 2023.

The pickup is based on a modular skateboard platform developed directly by the company that allows you easily create different types of vehicles, such as its well-known minivan. The vehicle itself is immediately recognizable as a Canoo – the relationship to the minibus is great – even if the pickup with large studded tires is a bit higher and, of course, the most obvious feature from the middle of the vehicle is a flatbed instead of the cabin.

Canoo unveils its pod-like fully-electric pickup truck.
It will be available with either one or two electric motors. Credit: Canoo

The platform should have a special function: a folding body extension. The loading area is normally 1.82 meters long, but it can be extended to up to 2.60 meters. The pickup has a maximum payload capacity of 816 kg, and its length reaches 4.68 meters (5.4 meters with the extension of the body), width 1.98 meters, height 2.085 meters, and wheelbase 2.85 meters.

In this case, however, the load has to be better secured because the tailgate of the flatbed then serves as a side wall – the extended flatbed is open to the rear. Another feature of the flatbed: the side walls can be folded down and then function as a workbench. In addition, there are modular room dividers for the loading area itself.

Although the Canoo Pickup does not have a long front hood, the designers have hidden a frunk: the black front panel between the headlights can be folded down to reveal a loading compartment -suitable for tools or equipment. Since the open flap can be extended to the right and left, it creates a work table with integrated sockets.

Canoo unveils its pod-like fully-electric pickup truck.
The loading area is normally 1.82 meters long, but it can be extended to up to 2.60 meters. Credit: Canoo

Our pickup truck is as strong as the toughest trucks out there and is designed to be exponentially more productive,” said Tony Aquila, Executive Chairman, Canoo. “This truck works for you. We made accessories for people who use trucks – on the job, weekends, adventure. You name it, we did it because it’s your platform, and she’s bad to the bone.

As for the powertrain, it will be available with either one or two electric motors. The top-of-the-range version will have two electric motors capable of delivering more than 600 hp (441 kW) overall and offer a range of more than 200 miles (320 km).

The full vehicle specs will be released closer to the 2023 production window. For now, it looks like a worthy aspiring rival to the electric Ford F-150 or Hummer EV, both promising to be powerful and well-rounded pickups.

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