Canoo inks another major contract


Kingbee Places Binding Order for 9,300 Canoo Electric Vehicles
At one point, the electric vehicle maker Canoo appeared close to financial failure. Then it agreed, with the help of Oklahoma, to build a manufacturing plant in Pryor along with moving its headquarters to Arkansas.
Now the company has received its second large order, one for 9,300 vehicles from Kingbee, a national work-ready van rental provider. The contract also calls for an increase to 18,600 vehicles.

Kingbee will upfit, wrap and deliver Canoo vehicles as work-ready fleets solutions for enterprise and small & medium sized business (SMB) customers across the US.

“At Canoo, we engineer and design for fleets, enterprise, SMBs and their workforce. This order is yet another key milestone as we allocate production capacity for the coming years.  New and legacy innovators recognize a need for safety, efficiency and productivity in their fleet portfolio. Our LDV has it all in a fully electric multi-generational platform, with market pushing customization, that is made to last and outperform expectations,” said Tony Aquila, Chairman & CEO at Canoo.

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“Canoo’s proprietary platform and tophat technology enables Kingbee to adapt their fleet for evolving use cases at a class leading ROI, while allowing their customers to benefit from a vehicle, that is engineered for workers and optimized for ergonomics, with superior visibility, maneuverability and safety. ”

 Canoo vehicles are American-made commercial electric vehicles built on the company’s proprietary multi-purpose platform (MPP) architecture, with modular configurations for a wide range of use cases and are a perfect complement to Kingbee’s focus on customized fleets for small business owners. Canoo provides most of the vehicle service, maintenance and updates over the air, which decreases vehicle downtime and increases ROI for fleet operators.
Kingbee provides a turn-key solution for fleet rental, delivering fully upfitted commercial solutions with optional signage to operators with flexible leasing terms.  With customers in 27 states and growing, Kingbee is focused on flexible solutions for small and medium businesses.

“We are excited to partner with Canoo to provide sustainable work vehicle rentals to our customers,” said Scott Haslam, CEO of Kingbee Rentals. “Canoo vehicles are designed specifically for fleets to be upfit and last multiple users. This is exactly what we need.

Kingbee customers include Sunrun, Nivo Solar, Blue Raven, Utah Dept. of Health, and industries including energy, plumbing, mobile health, electrical, construction and delivery.