The future for struggling EV maker Canoo and its ability to move forward with construction of an announced EV manufacturing plant in Pryor, Oklahoma might be stronger.
As OK Energy Today reported last week, Canoo gained a huge contract to supply 10,000 electric delivery vans for Walmart. But in recent days, the company was also chosen to supply an electric vehicle to the U.S. Army and also for NASA.
The Army pick was to provide an EV for analysis and demonstration according to the Tulsa World.
“As an American company based in the heartland, it is an honor to be selected by the U.S. Army,” Canoo Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila said in a statement reported the paper. “This is another opportunity to prove our proprietary technology — which is customizable and adaptable for multiple use cases and special environments.”
Canoo also was picked by NASA to provide the Crew Transportation Vehicles to carry the Artemis crew to the launch site for the first human lunar landing in more than 50 years.
“The selection of our innovative technologies by NASA to take a diverse team of American astronauts to the moon showcases a great commitment to sustainable transportation,” said Aquila.
“As a high-tech mobility company, we are inspired by NASA’s pioneering and trailblazing spirit.”
The Crew Transportation Vehicle must carry fully suited astronauts, flight support staff and equipment to the launch site. Astronaut and crew comfort, safety and function are critical to successful completion of a mission.
The new Crew Transportation Vehicles will be based on Canoo’s LV model – a future-forward all-electric vehicle, designed from a clean sheet and based on Canoo’s proprietary multi-purpose platform to maximize cabin space, utility and productivity on a compact footprint.