Canoo previews funky Tesla Cybertruck rival

Electric vehicle start-up Canoo is introducing an EV pickup that it says will be the most space-efficient vehicle in its segment.

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US-based start-up Canoo has big plans for the future, unveiling a fully electric pickup truck to rival the likes of the electric Ford F-150 and the Tesla Cybertruck.

“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,” Canoo’s Executive Chairman Tony Aquila told Reuters.

The Canoo ute will include various clever features, such as a retractable tray extension, fold-down worktable built into the front end, and hidden side steps.

For the avid camper, Canoo has said the pickup has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of camper shells.

There will be the option for either single or dual-motor setups with up to 447kW of power and 745Nm of torque.

That power will be needed as the pickup will be able to take a payload of around 800kg.

Electric range for the vehicle will be over 320km.

Pre-orders for the Canoo pickup truck will begin in the second quarter of 2021, with deliveries beginning in 2023.

The Los Angeles-based start-up hasn’t announced plans to enter the Australian market.

With over 300 employees, Canoo is aiming to be one of the industry’s leading companies in the electric vehicle space.

The company has two other vehicles in the works: the Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle, a wagon/minibus, and the MPDV (Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle) which is the company’s entry into the commercial van market.

Once launched, the Canoo truck will face stiff competition including the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, Lordstown Endurance and Ford’s electric F-150.

The Cybertruck, in particular, will beat it for payload, range and acceleration.

The GMC Hummer EV will have up to 563km of electric range, depending on the variant, while the Rivian R1T will have up to 643km and the Tesla Cybertruck is the claimed range king with up to 800km.

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