California startup Canoo is constructing electrical vehicles with a skateboard platform that incorporates all mechanical elements inside the chassis.

This packaging helps unencumber extra passenger house—Canoo estimates its first model could have the house of a giant SUV with the footprint of a compact automobile—but it surely additionally means you possibly can drive the naked chassis round with no bodywork.

Canoo launched a video Thursday exhibiting precisely that, and mentioned extra particulars of the skateboard platform in an accompanying press launch.

The skateboard can accommodate entrance, rear, or dual-motor configurations, with powertrain elements developed in-house, in keeping with Canoo.

The twin-motor configuration is able to as much as 500 horsepower and over 300 miles of vary, the corporate stated. That is with a rear “main unit” producing 300 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, and a entrance motor producing 200 hp and 236 lb-ft. Motors peak at 97% effectivity, which is perfect for the city driving cycles Canoo’s autos are designed for.

Canoo naked skateboard platform

Canoo bare skateboard platform

A real skateboard platform leaves no room for a traditional steering rack, so Canoo used a steer-by-wire system. Eliminating the bodily connection between the steering wheel and the highway permits for larger flexibility in cabin design and driver positioning, in addition to right-hand drive configurations for supply autos, Canoo stated.

The platform’s energy steering is pace delicate, and the variety of turns lock-to-lock will likely be customizable relying on driver preferences and use circumstances, Canoo stated.

It employs a double-wishbone suspension with two fiberglass transverse leaf springs, and dampers mounted to the body. Leaf springs aren’t precisely cutting-edge expertise, however this setup was essential to bundle the suspension inside the skateboard, in keeping with Canoo. It eliminates the necessity for upright shock towers, conserving the suspension beneath the peak of the tires, the corporate stated.

Canoo will not promote autos to clients. As an alternative, it can provide them on a subscription basis, starting in Los Angeles in 2021. The corporate opened its waitlist in January, with a Tesla-like referral program that permits subscribers to earn factors, boosting their place on the waitlist and providing the potential to earn prizes.

Canoo has stated it can develop not less than 4 distinct autos off its skateboard platform. It should additionally present “engineering companies” to Hyundai to assist develop a automobile primarily based on the skateboard.