DETROIT — Electric automobile startup Canoo Inc. mentioned Wednesday it’s going to introduce an American-built, pod-like electric pickup truck in 2023, following in the footsteps of a number of rivals additionally getting into the most well-liked section of the U.S. automotive market.
Canoo Executive Chairman Tony Aquila revealed the timing for the truck forward of an Automobility LA occasion on Thursday. He mentioned the Los Angeles-based company would start taking pre-orders in the second quarter of 2021.
Aquila informed Reuters he was aiming to launch the rounded, snub-nosed truck in the primary quarter of 2023, and Canoo will build the automobile in a U.S. microfactory it intends to open.
“This is like no truck you’ve ever seen,” he mentioned in an interview. “It’s the size of a Ford Ranger, can take the payload of a full-sized pickup and (has) the turning radius of a Prius.”
Aquila informed Reuters in December that Canoo, which subsequently went public through a reverse merger with a special-purpose acquisition company, supposed to introduce a pickup.
Pickups are the top-selling autos in the U.S. new-vehicle market, with Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Stellantis’ Ram model dominating the gasoline-powered section and producing giant parts of these corporations’ income.
While GM and Ford plan to introduce electric pickups with the intention of continuous their dominance, Canoo, Tesla with its Cybertruck, and others consider they will carve out a bit of the market as EV gross sales improve.
GM, Tesla, and startups Rivian and Lordstown Motors Corp. all plan to introduce electric pickups later this year, with Ford following in mid-2022.
Forecasting agency AutoForecast Solutions estimates electric pickups will make up simply over 1 % of North American pickup manufacturing in 2022, rising to 5.7 % in 2028.
Canoo’s pickup will join a lineup that features the pod-like, seven-seat canoo coming in the second quarter of 2022, a supply automobile later that year and a sport sedan in 2025.
The pickup will likely be geared toward each client and industrial prospects and has the potential to be a high-volume automobile, creating the necessity for a small-scale, extremely automated microfactory, Aquila mentioned.
Canoo is negotiating with states a couple of potential website and the company will nonetheless use a contract producer to build its lower-volume autos, he mentioned.
Canoo has developed a “skateboard” — a low-rise platform that bundles batteries and electric motors with such chassis elements as steering, brakes and wheels — on which a wide range of automobile physique varieties might be constructed.
Canoo mentioned its pickup may have up to 600 hp and an electric driving vary of greater than 200 miles. Aquila expects the driving vary to be 300 miles or increased by the point the truck truly launches.
The pickup features a six-foot truck mattress that may lengthen to a completely enclosed eight ft. It additionally options entrance cargo storage space and a fold-down worktable with electrical retailers, flip-down facet tables and a hidden step providing storage and entry to the truck mattress.