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The Canoo Pickup Truck Is Like A Futuristic Electric Mitsubishi Delica

It may officially be a pickup, but loaded up with 'lifestyle' stuff, it has strong fourth-gen Mitsubishi Delica vibes

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Mitsubishi - The Canoo Pickup Truck Is Like A Futuristic Electric Mitsubishi Delica - News

Praise the Lord - we have news about an EV start-up that doesn’t involve a car that costs a gajillion dollars and has 3000bhp for some reason. What we have here is the Canoo Pickup, coming from a young company based in Los Angeles.

The firm’s newest creation is more worried about utility than hypercar-beating acceleration times. It’s the size of a Ford Ranger, yet has the capacity of a full-size pickup, with the six-foot load bed able to take over 800kg of stuff. Oh, and you can bolt one of several ‘camper shells’ to the back, making it look like a fourth-generation Mitsubishi Delica. It’s official, we’re sold.

Mitsubishi - The Canoo Pickup Truck Is Like A Futuristic Electric Mitsubishi Delica - News

The load bed opens at the sides as well as the rear, and it’s also possible to extend it to eight feet when required. Other handy features include a fold-down work table at the front revealing a small storage area, and pull-out side steps for easier access to the load bed. Again, the latter doubles as storage.

Mitsubishi - The Canoo Pickup Truck Is Like A Futuristic Electric Mitsubishi Delica - News

There are two keys to making all this room in a small vehicle: the use of brake and steering by-wire systems, and the packaging benefits we’ve already seen proven many times through the use of a bespoke ‘skateboard’-style structure. This common approach sees the floor of the vehicle made up of batteries with the motors placed at either end. Simple, but effective.

Mitsubishi - The Canoo Pickup Truck Is Like A Futuristic Electric Mitsubishi Delica - News

Although performance isn’t the point of the Canoo Pickup, you can have one with a 600bhp, 500lb ft dual-motor powertrain if you must. Canoo hasn’t said how big the battery is, but we do know it’ll provide over 200 miles of range. If you’re happy putting a small dent in that relatively modest figure, you can use the Pickup as a giant power bank, with sockets on all sides of the vehicle. Apparently, you can run a bunch of tools off it for a whole day and only reduce the range by about 10 per cent.

Pre-orders are said to be opening during the second-quarter of 2021, with first deliveries taking place at some point in 2023.