Hyundai and California startup Canoo have announced a collaboration to develop an electric vehicle (EV) platform for upcoming Hyundai and Kia models.
Based on Canoo’s proprietary skateboard design, the new platform will help facilitate Hyundai’s commitment to delivering cost-competitive electrified vehicles ranging from small-sized EVs to Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV).
Canoo’s skateboard platform houses the most critical components of the vehicle with a strong emphasis on functional integration, implying all components fulfill as many functions as possible.
This feat of engineering reduces the skateboard size, weight and total number of parts, which ultimately provides more interior cabin space and a more cost-effective EV offering.
In addition, the Canoo skateboard is a self-contained unit that can be paired with any cabin design.
Hyundai is also hoping to reduce complexity of its EV assembly line, allowing for rapid response to changing market demands and customer preferences.
Both Hyundai and Kia recently announced plans to develop fully electric PBVs.
Hyundai presented its first PBV concept as a key pillar of its smart mobility solution strategy at CES 2020 in January.
At its CEO Investor Day on January 14, Kia announced its plan to develop PBVs tailored for shared-service companies and logistics companies.
Canoo unveiled its first electric vehicle for subscription on September 24, 2019, just 19 months after the company’s founding in December 2017.
Its proprietary skateboard architecture – which directly houses the batteries and electric drivetrain – has enabled Canoo to reimagine EV design in a way that challenges traditional automotive shape and functionality.
According to Hyundai, Canoo’s first vehicle will launch in 2021, and is designed for a world in which transportation is becoming increasingly electric, shared and autonomous.
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