US Army starts testing a modified version of Canoo's electric pickup truck

Canoo delivers electric Light Tactical vehicle to the US army

Canoo delivers its new Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to the US army for analysis & demonstration. It is in reference to the fulfillment of the $67,500 contract awarded in July 2022. The US army is looking out for battery vehicles or series hybrids that can reduce reliance on fossil fuels in the operational and garrison environments.

US Army starts testing a modified version of Canoo's electric pickup truck
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Furthermore, the vehicle needs the ability to generate, store and distribute power effectively to the Soldier. Other specific vehicle requirements include recharge utilizing the SAE-1772 combo connector or similar adaptor. Also, 4 wheel drive or All Wheel Drive, minimum ground clearance of 8 inches, mud-terrain tires, 5,000 to 10,000 curb weight range, ability to power external systems with a minimum of one 120v outlet. It should also be capable of powering external systems without turning off/or disconnection of power supply. Without question, it will be in compliance with Federal Motor Safety Standards (FMVSS) 209.

The Canoo LTV is designed to be durable with a focus on passenger and battery safety and incorporates carbon Kevlar for strength without the added weight. The LTV is designed for passenger ergonomics, taking body motion and height into consideration, as well as multi-tasker components.

Increasing demand

The Light Tactical Vehicle can be converted from a pickup to a flatbed truck, a cargo vehicle, and more. With a convertible flatbed platform, the LTV can carry standard-sized plywood, construction, and oversized materials, as well as tactical equipment or mission-specific attachments.

Canoo’s proprietary modular attachment system and accessories quickly interchange the flatbed walls with many other types of mounts including racks, ramps, storage boxes, tents, or tactical systems. The modular fitting enables the LTV to have mission-specific configurations at a lower total cost investment. The LTV has a proprietary all-wheel drive system with up to 600 hp. To support the increased demands of off-road environments, the LTV incorporates air-springs, a raised suspension, and 32-inch all-terrain tires to build higher ground clearance suitable for extreme or rugged conditions.

Canoo vehicles are based on the company’s proprietary multi-purpose platform which integrates all the critical components of an electric powertrain, so it is as flat and efficient as possible while maximizing cabin and cargo space. The military will be testing several electrified and EV programs throughout 2023, from the Abrams Main Battle Tank to this Canoo and a raw Ultium battery platform from General Motors. Canoo also has the wheels turning at NASA, the U.S. space agency recently tabbing the Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle to convey astronauts from the launch center to the launchpad for the Artemis mission to the moon.