Canoo, an American automotive startup headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, recently announced that it has been selected by the US military to supply its electric vehicles for testing and demonstration purposes. According to the company, this agreement supports the US military’s emphasis on integrating scalable and adaptable capabilities into operational and garrison contexts. He further noted that the US military is exploring ways to use the technology in military operations, troop transport and other areas.
Commenting on the announcement, Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, said, “As an American company based in the heartland, it is an honor to be selected by the United States military.” , he added: “This is another opportunity to prove our proprietary technology – which is customizable and adaptable to multiple use cases and special environments.
Canoo was founded in 2017 by two former Faraday Future employees who helped develop several electric vehicle prototypes the company is looking to bring to life, including a multi-purpose delivery van and the Canoo pickup truck. The Lifestyle vehicle, which was chosen to ferry future Artemis mission astronauts to the launch pad under a recently won NASA contract, will be the first EV Canoo to launch.
Earlier in July, the company also announced that Walmart, the American multinational retailer that operates a chain of hypermarkets, had signed a definitive agreement with Canoo for the purchase of 4,500 all-electric delivery vehicles, starting by the Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV), with an option to purchase up to 10,000 units. The cars will be used to transport online purchases in a sustainable way, contributing to Walmart’s goal of zero emissions by 2040.
Canoo’s All-Electric Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV) is an American-produced commercial electric vehicle that is designed for sustainable last-mile delivery use cases. The LDV is built on a patented Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP) design that integrates the motors, battery module and other important driving components, just like other Canoo vehicles. The LDV offers a cab for last mile deliveries and configurable cargo space. Canoo uses true steer-by-wire technology, which reduces moving components and cabin intrusion, resulting in more usable interior space, improved driver ergonomics and the inclusion of panoramic glass for a better view of the road.
The LDV is designed for frequent stop-and-go deliveries and quick drop-off of the vehicle at the door, such as grocery shopping and food/meal delivery. Its specialized interior is intended for transporting modest products at low costs per stop. The modular design and 120 cubic feet of cargo space allow it to grow with customer demands, resulting in a lower unit investment over time.
Speaking on being awarded the contract, company chief Aquila said: “We are proud to have been selected by Walmart, one of the most sophisticated buyers in the world, to supply our vehicle. high-tech, all-electric lifestyle delivery vehicles made in the USA to add to their impressive logistics capabilities. Our LDV has the turning radius of a small passenger vehicle on a compact, parking-friendly footprint, but the payload and cargo space of a commercial delivery vehicle. It is the winning algorithm to seriously compete in the race for last mile delivery, globally. Walmart’s massive store footprint provides a strategic advantage in today’s growing “Need It Now” mindset and an unparalleled opportunity for the growing demand for electric vehicles, especially at gas prices. ‘today. »