Canoo, a young start-up promises to revolutionize the way people use a car with a direct-to-consumer, subscription model for an all-electric, all-wheel drive, multipurpose vehicle. As revolutionary as their model is that they were able to go from concept to drivable prototype in less than a year, thanks to the computer-aided design, simulation, and test capabilities of Dassault (the above video was filmed in Dassault’s CES2020 booth).
Their electronic skateboard, although only the wheelbase of a Prius, allows a body that has the volume of an SUV. Plus, given that it is drive-by-wire, it is well-positioned for the addition of autonomous driving. This week’s announcement that the Hyundai Motor Group will work with and use Canoo’s skateboard architecture for future electric Hyundai and Kia vehicles is a huge endorsement of Canoo’s design approach.
Highlights of the above interview #
- 00:44 – Subscription model overview
- 01:06 – The Bauhaus design philosophy
- 01:40 – First production car to be driven by wire
- 02:07 – 250-mile range with 80 kWh battery pack, 28 min charge to 80%
- 02:23 – The goal is affordable, electric vehicles
- 02:49 – Manufacturing plan
- 03:41 – Crash testing in the cloud with the help of Dassault
- 04:12 – First launch in 2021 in Los Angeles – Major cities will be first
- 05:11 – An app will be part of a seamless, simplified experience. Things like charging and insurance could be included in the app as sort of a one-stop shop.