California’s Canoo launched a video Thursday displaying its naked skateboard platform being pushed round like an enormous go-kart. The EV startup additionally launched extra particulars of its platform and powertrain in an accompanying press launch.
The skateboard platform might be pushed round with out bodywork as a result of it incorporates all of a car’s mechanical parts—together with the motors, battery pack, steering gear, and suspension. This helps release passenger house, and makes it simpler for Canoo to launch completely different fashions by merely putting a brand new physique atop the skateboard.
Canoo stated the platform can accommodate entrance, rear, or dual-motor powertrains, with all parts developed in-house.
The twin-motor powertrain can produce over 500 horsepower, with over 300 miles of vary, in keeping with Canoo. Output is cut up between a rear “major unit” with 300 hp and 331 pound-feet of torque, and a entrance motor with 200 hp and 236 lb-ft. Motors peak at 97% effectivity, which Canoo stated is perfect for the city driving cycles its autos are designed for.
A steer-by-wire system eliminates the bodily connection between the steering wheel and the street, but in addition the necessity for a steering rack that may protrude above the chassis. It additionally permits for better flexibility in cabin design and driver positioning, in addition to right-hand-drive configurations for supply autos.
The steering system options speed-sensitive energy help, and the variety of turns lock-to-lock might be personalized relying on driver preferences and use instances.
Suspension is a double-wishbone setup, with two fiberglass transverse leaf springs, and dampers mounted to the body. Once more, this is because of packaging issues. It eliminates the necessity for shock towers, retaining all the suspension system beneath the peak of the tires.
Based by former Faraday Future workers in 2017, Canoo plans to supply its electrical automobiles solely via a subscription service, beginning in Los Angeles in 2021. Its first mannequin is a van-like car with a single, rear-mounted motor, 300 hp, and a 250-mile vary. Canoo plans to observe that up with three different fashions, together with a supply van and a sporty automotive.