Electric vehicle startup Canoo's skateboard-style platform is designed to be used for a range of ... [+] models.Canoo
Hyundai, fresh off its investment in a U.K.-based electric delivery van maker, has enlisted a Los Angeles startup to help create a “skateboard” platform the South Korean auto giant can use for a range of lower-cost electric cars and trucks.
Under the technical partnership, Canoo, which plans to start a subscription service for consumers to use its pod-like electric vans, will work with Hyundai and subsidiary Kia to modify the flat platform created for its futuristic vehicle that integrates the battery pack, motors and other key components. Hyundai isn’t investing in Canoo but instead paying an undisclosed amount for its engineering services.
The goal is to create low-cost common architecture from which sedans, vans, delivery vehicles or trucks can be easily produced, eliminating the traditional use of multiple platforms. Hyundai says it’s got plans to create a variety of purpose-built vehicles that could come from Canoo’s skateboard.
Canoo's "skateboard" platform.