Hyundai Motor Group, Canoo to Co-Develop All-Electric Platform for Future Electric Vehicles

Hyundai Motor Group and Canoo – a Los Angeles based electric vehicle developer – have announced that they are to jointly create an EV platform based on Canoo’s proprietary skateboard design for upcoming Hyundai and Kia models.

Canoo will provide engineering services to help develop a fully scalable, all-electric platform to meet Hyundai and Kia specifications. Hyundai Motor Group expects the platform to help it deliver cost-competitive electrified vehicles — ranging from small-sized BEVs to Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV).

Canoo’s skateboard platform houses the critical components of the vehicle with emphasis on functional integration, meaning all components fulfill as many functions as possible. This focus reduces the skateboard size, weight and total number of parts which, Hyundai says, leads to more interior cabin space and a more cost-effective EV offering.

The Canoo 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 skateboard architecture to allow for a simplified and standardised development process for Hyundai and Kia electrified vehicles, which is expected to help reduce costs that can be passed along to consumers. Hyundai Motor Group said it expects to reduce complexity of its BEV assembly line, allowing for rapid response to changing market demands and customer preferences.

“We were highly impressed by the speed and efficiency in which Canoo developed their innovative EV architecture, making them the perfect engineering partner for us as we transition to become a frontrunner in the future mobility industry,” said Albert Biermann, Head of R&D at Hyundai Motor Group.

“We will collaborate with Canoo engineers to develop a cost-effective Hyundai platform concept that is autonomous ready and suitable for mass adoption.”

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (March 2020)

13 March 2020