Former top BMW executives build an unmanned shuttleSeptember 26, 2019
California-based Canoo startup, founded by immigrants from BMW and Faraday Future, has unveiled its first project, the Canoo electric shuttle. Single-volume will enter the US and China in 2021 and will be distributed only by subscription.
The Canoo leadership calls its offspring post-SUV: with full-size crossovers, the electric car is related by a high landing and a useful amount of internal space, but all this in a much more compact “package”. A kind of Volkswagen Microbus of the 21st century. Platform – a “skateboard” that has become traditional for electric models, which houses electronics and even an air conditioner; the body is a steel frame with thermoplastic panels and a fully transparent cabin dome.
There are three BMW natives in the Canoo leadership: Ulrich Kranz used to work as a manager of the German brand, Richard Kim painted the BMW i3 and i8, Stefan Krause served as Director of Sales and Marketing.
In motion, Canoo drives a 304-horsepower electric motor mounted on the rear axle. It is powered by a traction battery with a capacity of 80 kilowatt hours with support for fast charging: up to 80 percent of the battery can be filled in 28 minutes. Cruising range – 402 kilometers. A feature of the shuttle is a suspension with transverse leaf springs made of composite, as on the old Chevrolet Corvette.
The U-shaped sofa is installed in the Canoo salon – especially for him, the startup has developed a unique airbag system with protection against head injuries. There are no touch displays, as is customary with other manufacturers: information is displayed on the LED transverse “beam” in front of the windshield. The shuttle will be offered with a semi-autonomous control system for the first time after the start of sales. It works on the basis of data received from seven cameras, five radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors, and also constantly monitors the driver’s attention level. A fourth-level autopilot will appear after the technology is commercialized.
Canoo will be assembled at a plant in the United States. The shuttle is planned to be sold only by subscription: a monthly fee will cover the costs of registration, maintenance, insurance and charging. The amount of investment in the project has already amounted to about one billion dollars.
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