Startup Canoo unveils its skateboard platform for electric vehicles with a sandy skatecart buggy

Startup Canoo unveils its skateboard platform for electric vehicles with a sandy skatecart buggy

September 29, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Skateboard platforms are the perfect foundation for building EVs in almost any format – just take a base with wheels, motors and battery and add the desired body (car, monocab, pickup, truck, etc.). What happens if you take a platform and add only the essentials? According to the startup Canoo, it will be a “skateboard”.

The startup is known for the concept of an electric seven-seater minibus equipped with a 300 hp electric motor and an 80 kWh battery with a power reserve of 400 km. The power of its propulsion system is sufficient to move 2000 kg of its own weight and 600 kg of payload in space. Now imagine what would happen if you removed the heavy body from this equation and left only the driver’s seat and steering wheel.

At the same time, an advanced version of the platform with two electric motors with a total capacity of 500 hp was used for the “skate card”. with a battery that provides a range of about 500 km (300 miles). The electric motor on the rear axle produces 300 hp. and 450 Nm of torque, on the front – another 200 hp. and 320 Nm.

The use of “wireless” steering without a mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels allows literally changing the position of the driver’s seat on the fly, placing it in front, behind or in the middle of the skateboard. Well, in the case of a completely unmanned solution, the steering wheel can not be installed at all.

Startup Canoo hired professional racer Sarah Price to showcase its skatecard, who described the desert tests as follows:

“I was amazed at how much fun it was to drive this skateboard. The performance was impressive. The skateboard proved to be powerful, with smooth and dynamic handling, especially during high-speed turns. The ‘wireless’ steering was new to me, but I feel like it’s just made for the racetrack. “

Recall that at the beginning of this year, the Korean automaker Hyundai agreed with the American startup Canoo on the joint development of a skateboard platform for future electric vehicles Hyundai and Kia.