The all-electric pickup segment looks like it’s about to get a bit more crowded, with EV startup Canoo announcing it intends to launch a new all-electric truck by 2023.
According to recent report from Reuters, Canoo Executive Chairman Tony Aquila revealed that the startup hopes to launch its new pickup model in Q1 of the 2023 calendar year, and that the company is currently in discussions with states with regard to locations to build a new automated microfactory somewhere in the U.S. to produce the vehicle.
The company has already developed a new skateboard platform upon which it will build its new pickup. The Canoo truck is said to pack a 600-horsepower powertrain and offer more than 200 miles of range, although Aquila says that 300 miles or more is likely by the time the vehicle finally launches.
The Canoo pickup also offers a six-foot rear bed that can extend up to eight feet, plus a front storage area, fold-down work station, electrical outlets, and flip-down tables. It also comes with a unique exterior design with a pod-like cabin space and smooth, rounded lines front to back.
“This is like no truck you’ve ever seen,” Aquila said during 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.”
Canoo announced the launch timing for its new pickup during a recent Automobility LA event. Aquila added that Canoo would begin taking pre-orders in Q2 of 2021.
Canoo went public through a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company.
In addition to a pickup, Canoo also has plans to offer a seven-seater passenger vehicle scheduled to arrive in Q2 of 2022, a delivery van later in 2022, and a sport sedan in 2025.