The Army's Latest Recruit Is This Canoo EV Light Tactical Vehicle

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This is the fulfillment of a military contract awarded last July.

The United States Army has just taken delivery of Canoo's new Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) for "analysis and demonstration." The EV startup received the contract from the military last July and says the LTV is "engineered for extreme environments and includes stealth configurations."

To be more precise, the modified EV truck boasts carbon Kevlar for additional strength without adding weight. It can also be converted from a pickup into a flatbed truck and a cargo vehicle. Canoo claims this convertible flatbed platform allows the LTV to carry cargo like plywood, construction materials, and, of course, tactical equipment for a wide variety of missions.

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"The LTV is another milestone proving the power of our technology and how it can be used, even in tactical situations," said Tony Aquila, Chairman and CEO. "This is a winning algorithm for our customers and company."

Along with the interchangeable flatbed, the startup's proprietary modular attachment system can accommodate numerous types of mounts, such as racks, ramps, storage boxes, tents, and more. This cost-saving design measure obviously appealed to the military. The LTV also features all-wheel drive with upwards of 600 horsepower and has air springs, a raised suspension, and 32-inch all-terrain tires for rugged and extreme situations.

The US military has not confirmed if it'll order additional examples but Canoo is not the only manufacturer the armed forces find appealing. Also last summer, the military asked General Motors to build a GMC Hummer EV-based vehicle for analysis and demonstration as well.

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Aside from the military, Canoo has also been making deals with companies, specifically Walmart. Last July, Walmart placed an order for 4,500 examples of the Canoo Lifestyle Delivery vehicle. Canoo is expected to begin production for Walmart by the end of this year with deliveries getting underway in 2023. Also last summer, the company confirmed its electric vans will transport Artemis NASA astronauts to the launch pad for their moon voyages.

Canoo was established in 2011 and went public in 2020. Until fairly recently, it suffered several financial setbacks, including losing an investment deal with Hyundai.

For a time, many assumed Canoo was finished but it managed to quickly rebound. It currently aims to begin EV production for civilian use at its new Oklahoma City facility early next year.

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