Hyundai Motor gains access to Canoo skateboard platform for EVs

Canoo concept drawings on display in the lobby of company headquarters in Torrance California. Image credit Kyle Field | CleanTechnica

Canoo unveiled its first electric vehicle for subscription in September a year ago, just 19 months after the company's founding in December 2017. The company rebranded as Canoo in spring 2019 and debuted its first vehicle last September.

Canoo said it will provide engineering services for the development of the electrical platform. The new technical base will include all the components necessary for zero-emission powertrains and can be offered with one or two electric motors, thus differentiating the offer for the various models of the Hyundai and Kia brands.

In particular, the size, weight and number of parts of the skateboard platform can be drastically reduced to secure indoor space and lower costs.

The Hyundai Motor Group is really serious in making electric vehicles (EVs) more viable to the public in the not so distant future. Hyundai Motor Group also expects to reduce complexity of its EV assembly line, allowing for rapid response to changing market demands and customer preferences.

The partnership with Canoo is the latest example of Hyundai Motor's efforts and investments in electrification, autonomous technology and other futuristic mobility trends, including flying cars.

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This makes them the flawless technical partner for us as we develop into a pioneer in the future mobility industry, "said Albert Biermann, Head of Research and Development at Hyundai Motor Group, said in a statement". "We will collaborate with Canoo engineers to develop a cost-effective Hyundai platform concept that is autonomous ready and suitable for mass adoption".

The centerpiece of Canoo's first vehicle, which looks more like a microbus than a conventional electric SUV, is the "skateboard" architecture, in which the batteries and the electric drive train are housed in a chassis under the vehicle cabin.

"We have been working diligently to develop a bold new electric vehicle and partnering with a global leader like Hyundai is a validating moment for our young company", said Ulrich Kranz, In Charge of Canoo. However, the first vehicle will hit the roads in 2021, with an option of pre-booking. Canoo will provide the engineering expertise around its skateboard architecture (see image).

Hyundai recently unveiled plans to transform itself into a "smart mobility solution provider" by 2025, and it is committing $52 billion to get there. It is this Canoo architecture that interests Hyundai Motor Group.

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