Hyundai Kia spoke about a new platform for future electric carsFebruary 13, 2020
The South Korean automaker decided to create a new platform, on the basis of which future Hyundai Kia electric cars will be built. An important role in the upcoming project will be played by California-based Canoo startup engineers.
Hyundai Kia and California-based Canoo startup will join forces to develop an all-electric platform that will be based on Canoo’s previously introduced scalable skateboard architecture. This new platform will be used in future Hyundai Kia electric vehicles.
As a result of the collaboration, Canoo will provide engineering services to meet the needs of Hyundai Kia.
And while the company from Los Angeles is a relatively new player in the electric car market, it has already established itself thanks to its own scaled platform for electric cars. In September 2019, Canoo introduced its spacious electric van (pictured), the first copies of which will be built in 2021.
Hyundai Kia says that using the Canoo architecture, it will be able to reduce the cost of developing future electric models and transfer this savings to consumers – the latter apparently means lower final prices for the models. In addition to the platform underlying electric cars from the South Korean auto giant, Canoo architecture will also underpin Hyundai personal vehicles (PBVs), which were announced at CES 2020 last month, as one of the key pillars of the city of the future.
“We were very impressed with the speed and efficiency with which Canoo experts developed their innovative architecture for electric vehicles, making them the perfect partner for us, especially when we decided to become a leader in the future mobility industry,” says Hyundai Motor Research and Development Manager Group Albert Birmann. “We will work with Canoo engineers to develop a cost-effective concept for the future Hyundai platform, which will have autonomous control capabilities and is fully suitable for mass implementation.”
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