The future of the EV lies in its incredible versatility.
Canoo, a Los-Angeles based EV company, which recently went public, has now shown off its "skateboard platform". The EV company has been working hand in hand with Hyundai to develop new platforms for the Korean automaker's electric expansion which currently includes the Kona EV and Kia's Niro EV. The skateboard platform has been turned into a cabin-less "skatecart" for the purpose of the demonstration and was piloted by professional driver Sara Price in the video you see below. The platform is said to be uniquely modular, will offer a self-contained, fully electric vehicle chassis, and by the look of things, seems to be a blast to drive.
Powering the Canoo skateboard platform is a choice of dual, front, or rear motor configurations, and according to Canoo is capable of producing up to 500 horsepower and reaching a maximum range of 300 miles when fitted with dual motors. The engine layout allows for up to 300 horsepower in the rear, and 200 hp in the front and the powertrain has been designed to peak at 97% efficiency, which is perfect for urban driving scenarios. What makes this platform even more unique is the fact that it makes use of the industry's first true steer-by-wire system, which takes its inspiration from race cars. "I was blown away by how fun it was to drive," said Price. "The overall performance was impressive. The skateboard felt powerful, with smooth and dynamic handling"
This layout offers a true self-contained package with everything needed to drive packaged inside the chassis. This includes the steer-by-wire system and a transverse composite leaf spring suspension system, as well as thermal management systems, electric motors, and even autonomous driving components. "We wanted to showcase our skateboard's performance and prove that our rolling chassis is a truly self-contained unit with everything needed to drive built inside," said Ulrich Kranz, In Charge of Canoo. "We have revolutionized the platform design concept with a chassis that can be easily married with different cabins, with little adjustment, enabling us to get new vehicles on the road faster and cheaper," he concluded.