Hyundai Motor Group was impressed by Canoo's skateboard and intends to use it in an EV platform for new EVs.
Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai, Kia and Genesis) announced an interesting partnership with the Los Angeles based startup Canoo to co-develop an all-electric platform for future EVs using Canoo’s fully scalable, proprietary skateboard design. The skateboard directly houses the batteries and electric drivetrain.
"As part of the collaboration, Canoo will provide engineering services to help develop a fully scalable, all-electric platform to meet Hyundai and Kia specifications."
We already saw the Canoo skateboard and its first electric vehicle concept in September 2019. The company intends to introduce subscription-based EVs in 2021, which is very fast taking into consideration it was founded in 2017.
The modular, scalable, flat skateboard shown above is expected to reduce the research and development complexity and costs, simplify the production and underpinning many different types of vehicles.
"Canoo reached Beta testing phase within 19 months of inception, and the company recently opened the waitlist for its first vehicle. This is a major milestone for the company and the culmination of the efforts of 300+ experts working to deliver a proof of concept of Canoo’s backbone architectural systems. Canoo’s first vehicle will launch in 2021, and is designed for a world in which transportation is becoming increasingly electric, shared and autonomous."
Here are a few concepts, shown by Canoo:
Hyundai Motor Group hopes to utilisze the new platform for vehicles ranging from small-sized EVs to Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV).
"Canoo... offers a skateboard platform which houses the most critical components of the vehicle with a strong emphasis on functional integration, meaning all components fulfill as many functions as possible. This feat of engineering reduces the skateboard size, weight and total number of parts, which ultimately provides more interior cabin space and a more cost-effective EV offering. In addition, the Canoo skateboard is a self-contained unit that can be paired with any cabin design.
Hyundai Motor Group expects an adaptable all-electric platform using Canoo’s scalable skateboard architecture to allow for a simplified and standardized development process for Hyundai and Kia electrified vehicles, which is expected to help reduce cost that can be passed along to consumers. Hyundai Motor Group also expects to reduce complexity of its EV assembly line, allowing for rapid response to changing market demands and customer preferences."
We have in mind that the South Korean manufacturer is working on its own Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) for full size cars, so this must be kind of a complementary/additional project.