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Canoo Electric Pickup Is in the Army Now

  • Canoo, an EV startup that aims to sell a pod-shaped van to the public in 2023, has modified one of its upcoming vans for the US military.
  • The U.S. Army awarded Canoo a contract to test one of its vehicles in July, and now the division will use the Light Tactical Vehicle prototype for “analysis and demonstration.”
  • The LTV features four-wheel drive and a 600-hp powertrain, as well as air springs, a raised suspension and 32-inch off-road tires.

EV startup Canoo has yet to begin full-scale production of its pod-shaped Lifestyle Vehicle, but in July the fledgling automaker signed two major contracts. The first was a deal to supply Walmart with 4,500 delivery vans, which it plans to deliver to the fleet after production at its Oklahoma plant begins in 2023. The second contract was with the US military to provide an EV for analysis and demonstration, and now Canoo has announced that it has delivered its light tactical vehicle (LTV) to the US military.

The LTV appears to be a modified version of Canoo’s pickup variant that shares its front end with the Lifestyle Vehicle. Canoo says that the LTV uses carbon Kevlar to increase the strength of the vehicle while reducing weight, and Canoo also highlights the LTV’s adaptability, explaining that it can be converted from a pickup to a flatbed truck, a cargo vehicle or other configurations.

The LTV is four-wheel drive, and Canon says it produces up to 600 horsepower. The LTV also rides on a raised suspension, air springs and 32-inch off-road tires to help it travel over more challenging terrain. Canoo also says the LTV has a modular attachment setup that also allows for easy installation of accessories such as racks, storage boxes, ramps and tactical systems and also claims the LTV can use its flat bed to easily carry plywood and other construction materials. Now the military will begin testing the LTV as it considers whether an electric pickup can properly serve the military.

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