Everything we know about Lifestyle Van, future vehicles and the company

It was a very exciting time when Canoo debuted its Lifestyle vehicle, built from the original idea of ​​the Volkswagen bus and other front control vans and vans, but with a modern electric power plant. Its goals, however, were paramount with plans for vehicle “tops” that could be changed when the owner wanted – including other owners and beyond – while keeping the skateboard platform intact. While that idea remains, Canoo now looks more like a serious company, going public, forming a partnership with Panasonic for battery cells, and launching two production-ready models near their future plant in Pryor, Oklahoma.

A new path for a new type of vehicle ownership model

Before Canoo was Canoo, it launched Evelozcity in 2017 with Stefan Krause – formerly CFO of Deutsche Bank – and Ulrich Kranz – a senior BMW executive – heading the company after a falling out with his former employer, Faraday Future. With both men and several Faraday Future, Tesla and BMW employees on board, Evelozcity has formed itself and branded itself as a new form of car ownership.

They announced that they could change it up two ways thanks to the use of its skateboard platform with “car top hats” that would replace traditional chassis and bodywork. First, it will allow owners, from first to last, to change the bodywork and interior design to suit their individual needs. From the delivery driver to the wild camper to the hunter in need of a truck, the body and interior will change as needed. Second, rather than simply owning the vehicle, the driver will be on a subscription-based model, with the goal of freeing “customers from the constraints of vehicle ownership” through a “hassle-free, commitment-free EV subscription for one month at an affordable price and no expiration date.”

The company’s major changes came quickly

Right after the start of 2019, major changes were underway. In March, the company’s name was changed to Canoo, and by September its first prototype was revealed. In February 2020, Hyundai announced its partnership with Canoo in the joint development of the skateboard platform for Canoo and Hyundai vehicles. July of 2020 saw Krause leave Canoo, and in September, Canoo began its merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp IV which was completed in December and listed on NASDAQ under GOEV. At the same time, Canoo introduced a new prototype, the Multipurpose Delivery Vehicle (MPDV).

Then 2021 started as bad for Canoo as it did for most of us, as Hyundai ended its partnership with Canoo in March of last year. Not only did April see Krans step down, but it also saw an investigation into its merger with Hennessy Capital. Fortunately, by June, Canoo finally saw some good news as it purchased land in Pryor, Oklahoma, to build its Lifestyle car along with the Dutch company, VDL Nedcar, to produce Canoo trucks for the European market. Finally, in early November, they announced that Canoo would move its headquarters to Bentonville, Arkansas with the additional goal of building a plant there as well.

Kano now

While the original founders are no longer part of the company, the subscription-based ownership model still exists alongside owners’ plans to change “top hats” as they like. In addition, Canoo plans to sell its cars directly as it now does Tesla and Rivian. At the time of this article’s original release, the Lifestyle stroller starts at $34,750 for the delivery model and goes up to $49,950 for the premium model. The Base model will be somewhere in between as well as additional options for defining your interior with Molle system panels on the doors and other panels found in every Lifestyle Edition.

In March of 2022, Canoo showed off two “Gamma” models that they claimed were production-oriented lifestyle trims in Base and Premium trims. The Premium trim is set up to be used straight from the factory while the Base is set up as a campground with a rooftop tent and ladder. From what we were able to see, they were a lot more productive than their previous models which were built with fiberglass, you can’t scramble them, and had a battery pack that only allowed a 20mph gun when we last saw them.

Made of steel, these Gamma-style bodies feature a fully furnished interior, and the Canoo allows guests to climb, sit, and use. While those two models were not drivable, Canoo stated that they have a fleet in their current Southern California office that will soon be ready to be driven by the media. These gamma building models are produced by a builder in Arkansas and are entirely designed to be operated and used just like their production counterparts in the near future.

Reusability, Serviceability, and Future Verification

The idea of ​​reusing goes beyond the body, as we asked Canoo about their plans for the life cycle of the battery pack, or rather the battery modules. The units are not part of an enclosure, as you can see with most electric vehicle manufacturers, and this saves weight from the start. Instead, the structural units are integrated and fixed to the skateboard platform. The units are also scalable and modular to fit multiple Canoo vehicles and allow for other types of battery cell chemistry, such as solid state, to arrive in the future.

Each unit currently consists of 2,170 lithium-ion circular cells – currently sourced from their battery partner, Panasonic – but they are “unmarked” and can be obtained from any battery manufacturer producing a 2170 cell design. The units are serviceable as well, right down to where each cell can be replaced individual when it goes wrong. This means that instead of changing the entire battery module, only the bad cells can be replaced. While recycling and reusing the units without vehicles is in their plans, Canoo won’t release any information about those specific ideas but has reassured us that they are already thinking about it.

Body swap takes on a whole new meaning

Returning to its interchangeable ‘top hats’, Canoo is able to offer this unique service thanks to its integration with the drivetrain, engine control unit, inverter, charger and suspension in the skateboard chassis. While the integration of the drivetrain, suspension and battery charging with this type of platform is nothing new, the integration of the all-by-wire drivetrain is something new.

The steering does not have any mechanical attachment to the front wheels while the front brakes still have a hydraulic connection to the pedal. Despite this, the hydraulic system will only activate when needed or in an emergency as the electric motors are fully capable of stopping the vehicle completely by staying off the accelerator pedal. Just like your sim racing setup, feel the steering wheel while driving and its movements will be done electronically. The plan to ensure that you never lose control is to have as many redundant systems controlling and steering the brakes and steering as airplanes have since the late 1950s with their fly-by-wire systems.

Production targets from 2022 to 2025

With its Gamma-built vehicles ready, Canoo has announced that it will accelerate production of its electric vehicles here in the United States and begin manufacturing at its facility in Northwest Arkansas. Canoo also says it remains on target to bring its plant in Pryor, Oklahoma online in late 2023. “Canoo is now in a position to issue guidance at a time when many other people in the industry are lowering targets and expectations,” said Tony Aquila. ”, Chairman and CEO of Canoo Corporation. “The company has now revised its manufacturing strategy and has formed a team to implement its production roadmap for 2022 through 2025.” The manufacturing strategy for 2022 begins with 500-1000 units and ends with a production of 3000-6000 units. They also projected the following until 2025:

  • 2023 target: 15,000 units initially to 14,000 – 17,000 by EOY
  • 2024 target: 40,000 – 50,000 units
  • 2025 Target: 70,000 – 80,000 units

future models

While the Lifestyle Delivery, Base and Premium trucks are targeted for a 2022 version, according to Canoo, they also plan to release the Adventure version of the Lifestyle vehicle. The Adventure will feature more ground clearance with a more aggressive look. The fenders have been “improved” with an added metal skid plate to increase the vehicle’s durability. No price or availability has been announced for this top-of-the-line range. Canoo also stated that it is still seeking a Pickup and MPDV body release in 2023 as the 2024, but no price, trim, or availability date for either has been given as of the original writing of this article.

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