It’s clear by now that Hyundai wants electric vehicles (EVs) in its future. It has already built a number of new EVs and concepts, and it has even electrified its existing nameplates like the Sonata and the Lafesta. Not only that, but it also has an electric Kona rally car in the works.
Those are only a few of the Korean carmaker’s EVs that we expect to see more of over the next few years. But despite all of these under Hyundai’s belt, it has no plans of slowing down as it has now partnered with Los Angeles-based company Canoo to develop an all-electric platform for Hyundai’s future EVs.
This new all-electric platform will be based on Canoo’s skateboard architecture that is lighter, smaller, and has less parts, all of which result in an EV that is more cost-effective and has a much more spacious interior. This skateboard platform is also very versatile as it fits with any cabin design.
“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 Hyundai Motor Group head of research and development Albert Biermann. “We will collaborate with Canoo engineers to develop a cost-effective Hyundai platform concept that is autonomous-ready and suitable for mass adoption.”
The platform that will be developed as a result of this partnership will meet both Hyundai and Kia specifications, and will be used in a wide range of vehicles from small-sized EVs to purpose-built vehicles
“We have been working diligently to develop a bold new electric vehicle and partnering with a global leader like Hyundai is a validating moment for our young company. It is a real honor for us to help Hyundai explore EV architecture concepts for their future models.” said Ulrich Kranz, In Charge of Canoo.