(CNN) – Since there is no need to house a large engine under a long hood, electric pickup designers get creative with shapes.
There’s Tesla’s wedge-shaped Cybertruck, and Rivian, with Amazon backing, plans to place a trunk where the engine would normally go.
Now another Californian electric vehicle startup, Canoo, has unveiled a pickup with a “Cab Forward” design that brings the driver almost directly over the front wheels.
Instead of a hood, the canoo truck has a flat front like a van. This allows more space for loading areas without the truck becoming too big as a whole.
The Canoo Truck is 184 inches long, or just a bit longer than a Toyota Corolla. It’s much shorter than the Tesla Cybertuck, but the bed is only 6 inches shorter at 6 feet. However, the Cybertuck offers more seating. The Canoo’s loading area also has an extension that can slide out and add two feet of length.
The body shape of the Canoo truck is similar to some trucks from the 1950s and 1960s, such as the Corvair pickup from General Motors, the Jeep Forward Control truck, and the Volkswagen Type 2 pickup based on the VW bus.
The elimination of the engine enables more storage space in the truck in addition to the loading area. There is, for example, additional storage space in the front under the cabin. The door, which folds down from the front of the truck, can also be used as a work table, just as people often use tailgates for pickups.
In a similar way, the doors can also be folded down from the sides of the loading area to allow easier access there. These doors can also be used as workbenches.
Canoo expects the truck to produce up to 600 horsepower and 550 pound feet of torque with two electric motors. This is more than a V8 Ford F-150. The truck could travel over 200 miles on one load, the company said.
In February 2020, Canoo and Hyundai Motor Co. announced plans to jointly develop a technical platform for electric vehicles for use in Hyundai and Kia vehicles.
Canoo previously presented two vans, a work van and a lifestyle passenger van. The transporter and the pickup are based on Canoo’s skateboard-like platform, which enables a variety of body styles.
The company went public through a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) merger late last year and now has a market capitalization of $ 3.4 billion.
The company has not announced any pricing for the truck but is hoping to start delivering it to customers from 2023. In addition to the Tesla Cybertruck, the Canoo truck could face competition from other startups like Rivian as well as traditional automakers like Ford, which is planning to make an electric F-150 pickup.