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Automotive Startup Canoo Unveils a Pair of Electric Delivery Vans

  • Electric vehicle startup Canoo unveils two electric delivery vans and announces a third is on the way.
  • The vans, which compare in size to a wider Honda Odyssey and a wider Kia Niro, will have up to 450 cubic feet of cargo space and an EPA-estimated range of up to 230 miles.
  • Early models will be available in 2022, with full production coming in 2023.

    While consumer EVs are where the fun is, fleet and business EVs will do a lot to reduce carbon emissions and when done correctly will actually save companies money, since EVs require less maintenance to keep on the road. Electric-vehicle startup Canoo is targeting that demographic as it unveils its upcoming delivery vehicle lineup.

    The startup is offering two different variants of its futuristic-looking electric vans, which will be priced starting at $33,000. The MPDV1, about the same overall length as the Kia Niro but about seven inches wider, has 200 cubic feet of cargo space. The taller MPDV2, roughly the same overall length as a Honda Odyssey but about eight inches wider, will have 450 cubic feet of space. Both will be powered by a single motor on the front axle outputting 200 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The MPDV1 will be outfitted with battery packs from 40.0 kWh to 80.0 kWh with EPA estimated ranges from 130 to 230 miles. The MPDV2 will get the same pack sizes, but with EPA estimated ranges from 90 miles to 190 miles likely due to the increased size of this vehicle.

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    Canoo

    According to Canoo, DC fast charging on the 80.0-kWh battery pack will take 28 minutes from 20 to 80 percent. Since these vehicles will likely be roaming cities picking up and delivering packages, range is less of an issue than in a consumer EV.

    canoo delivery van

    Canoo

    Canoo states that limited availability of the vehicle will begin in 2022, with full production planned for 2023. Canoo has already shown off a passenger van, and a third commercial model, the MPDV3, will be launched later and will likely be in the Class 3 truck category. As is the fashion for newly announced vehicles these days, the company is taking refundable $100 deposits to order one of the delivery vans.

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