World’s largest store retailer, Walmart has recently purchased 4500 Canoo delivery trucks to complete its final leg of online-order deliveries.
As part of its initiative to achieve zero emissions by 2040, the superstore chain said that it has signed a “definitive agreement” with Canoo, a U.S. EV startup, to purchase 4500 of its electric vehicles for use in the last-mile delivery. It will also have the option to purchase up to 10,000 more later.
Canoo announced the agreement, which involves the brand’s specialty Lifestyle Delivery Vehicles (LDVs), which Walmart will become the first entity to receive.
The LDV is a modified version of Canoo’s pod-shaped Lifestyle Vehicle (LV), an all-electric consumer utility vehicle with up to seven seats in a unique limousine-esque U-shape.
The Canoo delivery trucks has rear seats for cargo space and boasts 250 miles of range via an 80.0-kWh battery. Canoo also claims a 1464-pound payload capacity.
Walmart will use the LDVs for last-mile delivery, which is the final step in an online-order package’s delivery. The Canoo delivery trucks will take your package from a local transportation hub to your front door.
Canoo claims that the vehicles should hit the road for Walmart in 2023, but that LDVs will begin limited use in the coming weeks around the Dallas/Fort Worth area so Walmart can fine-tune the vehicle’s configuration.
The Walmart deal comes after another big Canoo announcement regarding fleet use of the LV.
The spunky pods were recently commissioned by NASA for use as transport vehicles in the upcoming Artemis moon-landing missions. All in all, things may be looking up for Canoo.