Canoo Introduces an Electric Cargo Van

Canoo launched its new Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV) 190 today, expanding the company’s line-up into the Class 2 electric cargo van category. The LDV 190 is built on the same Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP) as the LDV 130, but it has a stronger suspension system to manage the additional payload of Class 2 vehicles. Despite its increased payload load capacity and body length, the LDV 130’s wheelbase and low centre of gravity are retained. This ensures predictable driving behaviour at all speeds while also allowing for manoeuvrability at low speeds and in urban locations. The LDV 190 also has a unique and patent-pending adjustable rear cargo cartridge that allows customers to choose between a barn door, a tambour door and a split tailboard configuration with a loading ramp. Customers will be able to choose between dual 50/50 barn doors with 270-degree hinges that fold backwards against the body to provide for improved cargo access and loading of bulky things. An optional step bumper provides additional protection and access to the rear cargo space. The cargo compartment behind the normal bulkhead has been increased to 172 cubic feet, with greater baggage storage available in the front cabin on the optional single-seat version.

Because the cargo space in the LDV 190 has expanded, extra light-emitting diode (LED) lighting ensures visibility in all conditions. In addition, the vehicle has optional composite translucent roof panels, which allow more natural light into the cargo space during the day. With available shelving systems, storage bins, and a unique sliding cargo floor with a 1000-pound working capacity, cargo density, access, and organisation are maximised. The LDV 190, with its enhanced size and capability, sits between the previously successful LDV 130 and the larger Canoo MPDV, which will be released soon. The LDV 190’s unique purpose-built platform design, like other Canoo fleet vehicles, offers maximum cargo density, enhanced safety, and driver comfort while maintaining the smallest footprint and the longest EV range in the Class 2 segment. The company claims to be making progress towards its goal of producing 20,000 automobiles per year by the end of 2023. It is constructing a vehicle assembly plant in Oklahoma City as well as a battery plant in Pryor, Oklahoma.

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