Ford recently announced that it is teaming up with EV startup Rivian to create a new Lincoln electric vehicle and now Hyundai has announced that it is partnering with Canoo to develop an electric vehicle platform based on Canoo’s proprietary skateboard design for that will be used for future Hyundai and Kia EVs.
Canoo’s platform will be used for for a range of electrified vehicles for both brands that will range from small-sized EVs to Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV).
“We were highly impressed by the speed and efficiency in which Canoo developed their innovative EV architecture, making them the perfect engineering partner for us as we transition to become a frontrunner in the future mobility industry,” said Albert Biermann, Head of Research & Development, Hyundai Motor Group. “We will collaborate with Canoo engineers to develop a cost-effective Hyundai platform concept that is autonomous ready and suitable for mass adoption.”
“We have been working diligently to develop a bold new electric vehicle and partnering with a global leader like Hyundai is a validating moment for our young company,” said Ulrich Kranz, In Charge of Canoo. “It is a real honor for us to help Hyundai explore EV architecture concepts for their future models.”
Canoo, the Los Angeles based startup will release its first EV in 2021.