In a strategic move to broaden its electric vehicle (EV) portfolio, Canoo Technologies has unveiled the LDV 190, an extended version of its Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV) electric van. The LDV 190's entry into the Class 2 electric cargo van market marks a significant expansion for the company.
Sharing the innovative Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP) with its counterpart, the LDV 130, the LDV 190 presents an amplified cargo area of 172 cubic feet behind the standard bulkhead. This augmentation translates to an escalated payload capacity, though specific details remain undisclosed. Offering added functionality, an optional step bumper not only ensures safeguarding but also facilitates access to the rear cargo zone. Furthermore, the front cabin of the LDV 190, particularly in the optional single-seat configuration, affords additional cargo space.
Enhanced Performance and Adaptability
The LDV 190 distinguishes itself with a reinforced suspension system tailored to accommodate the augmented payload characteristic of Class 2 vehicles. Despite this adaptation, Canoo asserts that the LDV 190 maintains the dynamic handling and performance akin to its LDV 130 sibling, attributed to the company's proprietary steering-by-wire technology.
While the LDV 190 boasts heightened payload capacity and a lengthier body, Canoo ensures continuity in wheelbase dimensions and a low centre of gravity inherited from the LDV 130. This design approach, according to Canoo, guarantees a consistent driving experience across varying speeds, offering both predictability during high-speed travel and manoeuvrability in low-speed and urban settings.
Innovative Cargo Configurations
A distinctive feature of the LDV 190 is its patent-pending interchangeable rear cargo cartridge. This innovation empowers customers to seamlessly transition between barn doors, tambour doors, and a split tailgate arrangement, complete with a built-in loading ramp. Dual 50/50 barn doors with 270-degree hinges constitute another available choice, designed to optimise cargo accessibility and accommodate the loading of bulkier items. The LDV 190's interior organisation is amplified by optional shelving systems, storage bins, and a versatile sliding cargo floor with a commendable 1,000-pound working capacity.
Canoo's Vision for Expansion
Tony Aquila, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, emphasised the LDV 190's contribution to the company's progression: “This newest vehicle offers even greater space and flexibility for fleet owners with the same unique technologically advanced performance of our original LDV 130. As we build out our family of vehicles over time, we expect to continue to bring forward models and options that improve safety, reliability, performance and are zero emission.”
Sitting between the existing LDV 130 and the anticipated larger Canoo MPDV, the LDV 190 strategically fills a significant niche in Canoo's upcoming EV lineup.
Tangible Progress Towards Production
Canoo's ambition to attain a production readiness level of 20,000 vehicles annually by the close of 2023 is gaining traction. A vehicle assembly plant located in Oklahoma City and a battery plant situated in Pryor, Oklahoma, underscore the company's dedication to realising this goal. Notably, Canoo plans to invest over $320 million across these two facilities, concurrently generating more than 1,360 employment opportunities.
The recent finalisation of incentive agreements with the state of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation, valued at up to $113 million over a decade, attests to Canoo's commitment to its workforce and economic development targets. Compliance with job creation and investment benchmarks is intrinsic to the incentives.