The pick-up sector is key for US manufacturers. This type of vehicle has been leading the sales rankings in North America for decades thanks to models such as the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Silverado the RAM 1500 (formerly Dodge RAM). Therefore, it is not surprising that it will be one of the first categories to be electrified, and Canoo isn’t missing out.
Traditional manufacturers will bet on electric pick-ups as young startups do not want to miss their piece of the pie, and now Canoo is joining the party.
Canoo is a Californian company created by Stefan Krause, former CFO of BMW and Deutsche Bank, and Ulrich Kranz, who previously served as head of BMW’s electric vehicle division. In the past, both held positions of importance in Faraday Future, a company they left to create their startup.
Following the huge interest in its first two models, a kind of fully glazed electric “capsule” and a delivery van, Canoo today unveiled its pick-up. Like the rest of the company’s vehicles, it uses a steering and braking-by-wire system, which allows it to offer a load capacity similar to that of larger models.
The truck’s front half is similar to that of Canoo’s “transport capsule,” with a rounded minivan shape and a huge glass surface that contrasts with the rectilinear design that pick-ups usually sport. Beyond details such as an extendable cargo area, retractable footboards, and the ability to provide electrical power to work tools, this model’s highlight is its ability to adapt to different camper transformations, demonstrating its massive modularity.
The Canoo pick-up will be available in two versions, one with rear-wheel drive and the other with all-wheel drive. This last variant will have 600 CVs of power and 813 Nm of torque. It should initially be capable of exceeding 200 miles of battery range, although the final specifications will be revealed closer to the start of production. The first deliveries will take place in 2023.