When Canoo first unveiled its cool, futuristic-looking electrical van again in 2021, a non-zero variety of pals reached out to me to ask after they may purchase one.
The reply might be by no means. Not until they work for the federal authorities.
The struggling EV startup has been on the verge of operating out of cash since final yr. Its money burn stays excessive, and analysts say it’s in danger for insolvency. Certainly, Canoo’s inventory has been buying and selling for lower than a greenback, placing it prone to being delisted from the inventory alternate. However regardless of its monetary woes, the federal authorities is more than pleased to proceed to do enterprise with the corporate.
As we speak, Canoo introduced it had efficiently delivered three crew transportation autos to NASA to be used within the company’s Artemis mission to the Moon. The autos have been delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Area Heart in Florida, the place they are going to be used to move the astronauts to the launch pad for the Artemis lunar missions beginning subsequent yr.
As we speak, Canoo introduced it had efficiently delivered three crew transportation autos to NASA to be used within the company’s Artemis mission to the Moon
Canoo has additionally provided EVs to the US Military for “evaluation and demonstration.” Principally, the Military is testing the corporate’s Mild Tactical Automobile (LTV) to see whether or not it needs to order extra of them for navy functions. The LTV is constructed on the identical platform as Canoo’s Duplo toy-looking EV prototype truck that was first revealed in 2021.
And this week, Canoo stated it had “expanded” its partnership with the Protection Division’s Innovation Unit to develop high-capacity battery packs to be used in navy autos, in addition to energy-dense batteries for the US Navy.
It’s fairly the pivot for the six-year-old firm, which initially launched in a virtually zero-interest charge atmosphere together with over a dozen different EV startups that each one had desires of changing into the subsequent Tesla. Canoo deliberate to fabricate electrical vans and vans for patrons occupied with out of doors adventures — mainly the identical pitch as Rivian, which has additionally struggled however is now seeing its deliveries improve.
Canoo was based in late 2017 when former BMW government Stefan Krause left then-floundering EV startup Faraday Future. Krause and among the different executives who co-founded Canoo — which they initially referred to as Evelozcity — have been sued by Faraday Future for poaching staff and allegedly stealing commerce secrets and techniques, although the lawsuit was settled in late 2018.
The automaker has a number of EVs within the works, together with the MPDV, a multi-purpose supply van, and the Canoo Pickup Truck. The toyish truck confirmed simply how far Canoo is keen to push the design of the microbus-style car it first debuted again in 2019, which it initially deliberate to promote on a subscription-only foundation.
It’s unclear whether or not NASA or the Protection Division is worried about Canoo’s gloomy monetary outlook or how a attainable Chapter 11 submitting may have an effect on its ongoing tasks for the federal government. Neither company responded to requests for remark.