US automotive start-up Canoo has created an all-electric pickup truck with a streamlined look and hidden utility features as one of its first vehicles.
The Canoo Pickup conceals a range of features such as storage, workbenches and charging points within a pared-back chassis.
It also includes an extendable flatbed, so it can offer the payload capacity of a much bigger truck.
It is one of the first vehicles designed by Canoo, which set out to not only electrify the classic pickup truck but imagine ways the model could help users in their work or weekend trips.
For instance, where the engine would traditionally be at the front of the truck, there is a fold-out workbench, with storage compartments and power sockets points for charging tools.
There are also similar flip-down tables with sockets built into the side of the truck, along with more storage and a step to aid roof access.
The modular truck bed can be enlarged from six to eight feet in length by pulling out the extension at the rear, which includes matching space-dividers to help organise items.
There is also versatility built into the cab, which has two seats in front and a rear that can be configured for various uses or filled with additional seats.
The cab and truck bed can also accommodate camper shells, so the Pickup can be adapted for mobile housing on recreational trips.
Other features of the cabin include wide-angle viewing through the windscreen and a configurable pegboard for cupholders, racks and device connections.
According to tthe brand, Canoo Pickup’s features were partly enabled by the truck’s engineering, which packs the technology needed to power the vehicle into a relatively tight space.
The Pickup is engineered on the company’s tested Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP1), which it is currently using across all of its vehicles.
Canoo claims it integrates all the electric powertrain components in a flat and efficient manner, creating more room for other functions.
“Traditional EV platforms have power units, shock towers and mechanical steering columns that protrude into the vehicle and take up space,” said Canoo.
“By incorporating steer-by-wire and other space-saving technologies, the thin leaf spring-based platform contains a full powertrain and motor which results in a flatbed size comparable to America’s bestselling pickup truck on the footprint of a compact car.”
Among the Pickup’s other features are a modular roof rack and integrated tow hooks, skid plates and fog lights in the bumpers.
There is no logo on the outside of the vehicle, with Canoo’s signature headlights and tail lights serving as a brand identifier instead.
The interior combines environmentally conscious material choices with sections of transparency to showcase the engineering components that are usually hidden.
The headliner fabric is derived from recycled PET bottles, while the floor material is made from recycled car tires and rubber, and the seats are upholstered in a durable alternative to leather.
Canoo plans to rollout the vehicle in 2023 or later.
“Our pickup truck is as strong as the toughest trucks out there and is designed to be exponentially more productive,” said Canoo CEO Tony Aquila.
“This truck works for you. We made accessories for people who use trucks – on the job, weekends, adventure.”
Canoo was founded in 2017 and formerly envisioned operating with a vehicle subscription model, but has now shifted to commercial sales.
Its Pickup ttruck is shortlisted in the product design category of the Dezeen Awards, alongside Nendo’s build-your-own football and Playfool’s Forest Crayons containing the subtle colours of Japanese wood.
Photography is by Richard Thompson III.
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