Kia Motors has a lot going for it in terms of its product lineup and developing technology. A part of the Hyundai Motors Group, whatever automotive endeavors Hyundai becomes involved in, Kia Motors is right there with them. It’s kind of like a competitive partnership, and it’s exciting, to say the least whenever a new project takes shape. MoceanLab, the home base for a self-driving carsharing pilot program, is the stepping stone to creating a personal mobility ecosystem. During the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, we saw even more of this with the partnership with Uber to debut an air taxi service. The latest journey for these two automakers is a partnership with Canoo to co-develop an all-new all-electric platform for future electric vehicles.
Could it be the powertrain for the upcoming Kia Futuron concept? Set to be Kia Motors first all-electric vehicle – as in the first vehicle to be released as a stand-alone electric vehicle (EV) and didn’t have an internal combustion engine or hybrid or plug-in hybrid model before it. It’s part of Kia Motors statement to eventually become an all-electric automaker despite their testament to sports cars with GT trims. The Kia Futuron is just a concept for now, and if waiting for the right powertrain, this development with Canoo could be it.
Based in Los Angeles, Canoo is a company focused on creating a platform that offers unique EVs for personal use via a subscription service. Set to launch in 2021, Canoo is ready to meet the needs of a world of transportation where EVs, shared vehicles, and autonomous cars are rapidly becoming the norm. Because vehicles will be made available upon subscription and don’t require ownership, Canoo is able to design EVs with various functionalities that may not be found in the average EV. Without the need for mass-production, a single EV can get more attention and more intricate designs depending on the needs of its consumers.
Canoo is definitely a company to partner with for this endeavor. Founded in December 2017 by a group of experienced automotive engineers and executives, in just 19 months, Canoo unveiled its first electric vehicle for subscription only on Sept. 24, 2019. It uses the same proprietary skateboard architecture that will be used in future Hyundai and Kia designs.
“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…We will collaborate with Canoo engineers to develop a cost-effective Hyundai platform concept that is autonomous ready and suitable for mass adoption.” – Albert Biermann, Head of Research & Development, Hyundai Motor Group
The platform set to launch in 2021 will be made possible with help from the Hyundai Motor Group and will be based on Canoo’s proprietary electric skateboard design. Of course, the platform will be engineered and designed to develop a fully scalable, all-electric platform to meet the vehicle specifications of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors. Plus, with the Kia Motors “Plan S” Strategy already on the move, cost-competitive electrified vehicles ranging from compact EVs to Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV) will definitely be first on the list for production.
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