One would think that designing a highly versatile electric vehicle with over 200 miles of battery range would be enough, but Los Angeles-based EV company Canoo didn’t stop there. Its newly revealed electric pickup truck comes fully loaded with a range of unique, sustainable elements, such as a modular truck bed, plenty of hidden storage and even built-in, multi-accessory charging ports.
Thanks to a steer-by-wire control system, the truck’s passenger compartment is shifted forward to maximize driver visibility and optimize interior cargo space while maintaining a small footprint. It has also been designed to accommodate a wide selection of camper shells, giving the spacious EV additional utility and storage purposes or options for overnight camping.
A pull-out bed extension brings the truck bed from six feet to eight feet, while each side panel flips down into a multifunctional workbench or table. The side of the truck has a hidden step to provide easier access to the bed, but this step also functions as built-in storage for things like food coolers or first-aid kits.
The modular truck bed uses custom space dividers to keep smaller items separated or configured for larger equipment like ladders or bikes. Even the front of the cab is utilized with a supplementary hidden storage compartment with an extendable, fold-down work table complete with electrical outlets. Additional exportable power outlets are accessible on all sides of the vehicle as well.
“We are so passionate about building vehicles that can change people’s lives,” said Tony Aquila, executive chairman at Canoo. “Our pickup truck is as strong as the toughest trucks out there and is designed to be exponentially more productive. This truck works for you. We made accessories for people who use trucks — on the job, weekends, adventure. You name it, we did it because it’s your platform and she’s bad to the bone.” The electric truck will become available for preorder in the second quarter of 2021 and is scheduled to be out on the roads as early as 2023.
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