Canoo is one of the many all-electric start ups ready to take on the heavyweights of the automotive industry and disrupt that way of thinking.
Alongside chef Roy Choi, considered one of the founders of the gourmet food truck movement (look up Kogi and check out The Chef Show on Netflix) Canoo is looking at not just creating an electric vehicle, but one that is usable by people like chef Choi, available in two sizes and starting from $33,000.
Based on Canoo’s proprietary electric platform, the flattest in the industry and has enabled potentially class-leading interior cargo volume on a small vehicle footprint.The MPDV is built specifically with the needs of small businesses and large last-mile delivery companies in mind.
The MPDV features a steel frame construction, transverse composite leaf springs, a double wishbone suspension system, variable ratio steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire. The vehicle will be fully connected with data reporting capabilities and will feature Level 2.5 autonomy and over-the-air software updates. Designwise, it looks like a giant Lego van, with large boxy dimensions and large glass apertures.
The two vehicle variants, multi-purpose delivery vehicle 1 (MPDV1) and multi-purpose delivery vehicle 2 (MPDV2), are expected to offer three battery sizes—80, 60 and 40 kilowatt-hours (kWh)—with the 80-kWh size featuring a DC Fast Charging time of 28 minutes from 20% to 80% charge.
Customers can pre-order the multi-purpose delivery vehicle for a refundable deposit of $100 per vehicle.