Meet Canoo's "Lifestyle Vehicle."
Canoo has just done something Tesla hasn't: the commencement of accepting pre-orders for its "Lifestyle Vehicle," aka an all-electric minibus. Heck, Canoo even beat Volkswagen to the party. The latter's reborn microbus, called the ID.Buzz in concept form, isn't due to premiere until 2022, the same year Canoo intends to launch its minibus. The Los Angeles-based startup has just announced pricing for its new "Lifestyle Vehicle," beginning at $34,750 for the Delivery version. Base and Premium models will cost more, but no higher than $49,950 - and that's all before tax incentives.
Optional features will push prices higher, but from the get-go, Canoo's figures are quite reasonable. Bear in mind those federal tax incentives amount to $7,500 and, depending which state you reside in, there are additional discounts. The Delivery trim is just that - a delivery vehicle, so instead of rear windows there are panels.
Base and Premium models have plenty of glass surrounding all occupants from the sides and roof. There's seating for up to seven passengers. Canoo promises a spacious cabin, a "cutting-edge" driver monitoring system, and plenty of user connectivity as well as over-the-air updates. With an 80 kWh battery pack, the van can achieve an 80 percent charge in just 28 minutes using a DC charger and has a 250-mile maximum range.
Only one exterior color is offered (we're assuming it's black) but the company promises "endless wraps." Top speed is a respectable 125 mph and 0-60 mph takes requires 6.3 seconds. The electric motor produces 300 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Both rear- and all-wheel drive are available and curb weight comes to 4,453 pounds. Total interior volume comes to 188.1 cubic feet.
Anyone interested is kindly being asked to place a $100 deposit, regardless of trim level. Canoo's timing here follows the revelation it's currently under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission over possible irregularities during the company's special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger process last year when it issued an IPO.
Canoo has a lot going for it design-wise and we hope the SEC doesn't uncover anything serious. However, start-ups like Canoo will be going up against Tesla as well as legacy automakers who are about to launch an army of EVs, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Cadillac Lyriq, and GMC Hummer - and that's just GM. The Ford F-150 Lightning is next and that stands to be a potential game-changer.