The forthcoming Ford F-150 BEV, the automaker’s first-ever all-electric pickup, won’t be alone when it launches in mid-2022. A host of competitors will be launching similar products over the years couple of years, including the Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer EV, Lordstown Motors Endurance, Rivian R1T, and now, an intriguing new electric pickup from EV startup Canoo Inc. that it intends to build in a U.S.-based micro-factory at an as-of-now undetermined site.
Canoo’s EV pickup certainly doesn’t look like anything else on the market, thanks to its rounded shape, snub nose, and a host of unique features that set it apart from the growing crowd. “This is like no truck you’ve ever seen,” said Canoo Executive Chairman Tony Aquila. “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.”
The Canoo pickup comes packing an array of features designed specifically for truck users, including a pull-out bed extension that adds two feet to the six-foot bed, a fold-down worktable that’s built into the front end with a large cargo storage area behind it, flip-down side tables with nearby exportable power sources, a hidden side step with additional storage, and a modular bed design with dividers.
The Canoo pickup will be available in either rear- or dual-motor configurations with up to 600 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Payload capacity maxes out at 1,800 pounds, and range is said to be over 200 miles. Canoo will release full specifications when the pickup gets closer to production. Preorders are scheduled to open up in Q2 of 2021, with initial deliveries beginning as early as 2023.
This cab-forward EV pickup is certainly intriguing because of its design and modularity but is a bit smaller than the F-150 BEV. Thus, it’s more of a competitor for the mid-size Rivian R1T, or as an electric alternative to the Ford Ranger.