Canoo’s new pickup truck is a quirky little people and package transporter

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The Canoo pickup truck is coming to market in a few years.

Rivian has designed their all-electric truck to be big and beefy, with traditional truck-like aesthetics. Tesla went the other direction with the Cybertruck. Canoo’s new pickup has looks more like a lorry you might find in Southeast Asia than an American pickup.

Canoo is a company developing purpose-built electric vehicles (EVs) using their own platform and architecture. Their fully-electric pickup debuted this week and the company was quick to point out its unique features.

Each Canoo pickup is moved by a single rear motor or dual front-rear motor combination. With the dual motors, the truck delivers up to 600 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. It has a 1,800-pound payload capacity and offers 200+ miles of all-electric range.

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The truck is shorter than a Ford Ranger but has about the same cargo capacity in the bed.Photo courtesy of Canoo

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The truck is about 21 inches shorter than a Ford Ranger. A lot of that can be chalked up to its stubby nose in replacement of the engine bay. Because there’s no engine, the Canoo pickup truck is able to make full use of its front via an installed cargo storage area and a fold-down work table that is complete with electrical outlets. The sides of the truck also feature fold-down tables with two expandable depths that allow it to become a work bench.

At 76 inches, it’s four inches taller than the Ranger. They are the same width. Canoo has given the model a 64×72-inch bed that has a depth of 21 inches.

Like a. traditional SUV, Canoo’s truck bed features a modular space divider that keeps items separate and secure. There are modular wheel chocks in the bed well that can be used to help secure bikes. Tie downs allow for secure storage of work materials like ladders and large equipment.

The truck’s bed is six feet long and can be extended to eight feet via a pull out, which means hat a 4×8-foot sheet of plywood can fit inside. The pull-handle bed extension can help with loading and unloading, and serves as a license plate holder. When the bed is extended, a second layer of tailgate doors can be swiveled out and it houses secondary taillights for legal road use.

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The pickup features two skid plates to protect from off-road terrain.Photo courtesy of Canoo

A hidden step on the vehicle allows for easy access to the truck bed. A flexible storage area below the step allows for additional cargo space. A third brake light doubles as an overhead light to see inside the cargo bed at night. Perimeter lighting on all sides of the bed wall adds interior visibility.

The flat-bed, electric body design of Canoo’s truck allows for exportable power on all sides of the vehicle. Canoo says that utilizing the outlets with tools and devices has as little as a 10 percent impact on vehicle range.

Canoo is showing the truck wearing 18-inch wheels. It has metal skid plates n the front and rear as well as integrated tow hooks and fog lamps. Buyers can spec their model with roof racks or a camper shell.

The extended cab truck has two seats in the front while the rear compartment can be customized to fit two additional seats or for purpose-built use-case configurability. A tow hitch receiver, and steer-by-wire, and brake-by-wire technology are standard. Full specification options will be available closer to the truck’s on sale date.

The production version of the pickup truck will open for preorders in the second quarter of 2021, with deliveries beginning as early as 2023.

Canoo pickup truck features: front cargo area and work table

Canoo pickup truck features: front cargo area and work table

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck features: side step

Canoo pickup truck features: side step

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck features side body work tables

Canoo pickup truck features side body work tables

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck features expandable bed

Canoo pickup truck features expandable bed

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck features: cargo bed divider system

Canoo pickup truck features: cargo bed divider system

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck features: power outlets

Canoo pickup truck features: power outlets

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck features: cargo bed lighting

Canoo pickup truck features: cargo bed lighting

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck features: roof rack

Canoo pickup truck features: roof rack

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck features: camper shell

Canoo pickup truck features: camper shell

Photo courtesy of Canoo

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