Walmart begins testing of Canoo delivery vehicles

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Walmart signed a deal last month to purchase 4,500 electric delivery vehicles from Canoo, with an option to expand that order up to 10,000 units. Ahead of the first shipment of the Canoo Lifestyle Delivery Vehicles (LDV), Walmart has already begun testing to refine and finalize the configuration of their future EVs.

The Canoo LDVs can be found in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex (DFW) being used for last mile deliveries as part of the InHome delivery option for Walmart+ customers. The retail giant will use the testing to determine the best interior configuration of the LDV for their particular use case.

According to a press release from Canoo this morning, the testing began within 2 weeks from when the deal was announced on July 12.

“It’s been awesome to work with Walmart’s highly experienced team to rapidly deploy our LDV’s in real world use cases to finalize a configuration for Walmart. Our LDV has been engineered to enable a wide range of package deliveries, including refrigerated items, groceries and general merchandise – and do it efficiently, emission free and with a high level of driver comfort and ergonomics. And we have been turning a lot of heads in the neighborhoods when driving by in our uniquely identifiable vehicles,” said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman & CEO at Canoo.

The Canoo LDV features a modular design that allows for up to 120 cubic feet of cargo volume, the equivalent of a typical commercial delivery vehicles, but at the same time has the turning radius of a small passenger vehicle.

As part of the deal, Canoo agreed not to sell their LDVs to Walmart rival Amazon, although they are unlikely to purchase them anyway considering they have agreed to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian.
Walmart isn’t the only one testing the Canoo LDV. NASA has also been testing the EV to transport astronauts to the launch pad. It has also selected for analysis and demonstration by the US Army.
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