An abundance of new electric-vehicle startups are vying to get in on the EV game with all manner of fresh takes on the battery-powered segment. That includes Arkansas-based automaker Canoo, which is currently making strides towards developing the Canoo LV, or “Lifestyle Vehicle.” GM Authority photographers recently spotted a Canoo LV test prototype out on public roads, raising the question – should GM build a van-like EV similar to the upcoming Canoo LV?
In terms of design and purpose, the Canoo LV is essentially a five-door minivan or multipurpose vehicle, with a spacious cabin and rear-mounted all-electric powertrain. Canoo looks poised to market it as a passenger vehicle, adding a series of bench seats in back to offer loads of room. The vehicle also looks as though it could be configured for more utilitarian purposes under the Canoo LV Delivery moniker, leaving the rear empty to accommodate cargo or other work-related items.
Although it’s difficult to perfectly place the upcoming Canoo LV into any one single category or segment, it could be seen as a loose competitor for the upcoming Volkswagen ID. Buzz.
Recent reports indicate that, as is often the case for vehicle startups, Canoo is facing some financial difficulties, burning through cash as it works to bring its first products to market. That said, this recent series of spy photos from GM Authority reveal that Canoo is still working to develop the new Canoo LV.
Indeed, perhaps the essential idea of what this vehicle could offer is something to take note of – and something that GM could adopt. If produced by GM, a Canoo LV competitor would likely be based on the GM BEV3 platform and incorporate Ultium battery and Ultium Drive motor technology for the batteries and drive motors, and ultimately compete with the Volkswagen ID. Buzz as well.
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