First Sight: Canoo’s canoo

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Car Design News was present at the launch of the first project by Californian EV manufacturer Canoo (née EVelozcity), known as… the canoo. The new subscription-only monospace sits in an electric skateboard platform and maximises interior space. We spoke to design director, Richard Kim

In 2017, former employees of Faraday Future formed a new automotive start-up, EVelozcity, hoping to create a new type of car for a new urban generation. Earlier this year, EVelozcity mercifully rebranded to become Canoo, and yesterday they introduced their first model, called, conveniently, canoo (with a lower-case ‘c’).
Canoo is a compact monospace on a skateboard electric chassis, with an open interior volume and room enough for seven passengers. Designed by a team led by Richard Kim (designer of the BMW i3 concept and production cars, the BMW i8 concept, and the Faraday Future FF91), the canoo’s minimalist form and interior space allow for a lot of customisation and modular interchangeability.

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