Will The Canoo Pickup Truck Live Up to it’s Off-Road Image?

A lot of people are excited about the small-statured electric pickup

(Images: Canoo)

If all goes well, we should see the Canoo pickup truck sometime in the upcoming year.

Will it be as capable as it looks off-road?

Many of us, including most of the staff at TFL Studios, are looking forward to the debut of the Canoo pickup truck. If the production version is as audacious off-road as the pre-production version looks, it could be a winner. That’s not exactly an easy task for an all-electric vehicle. TFLoffroad has taken just about every mildly capable EV off-road, with mixed results.

One of the biggest issues off-road EVs have to deal with is weight. I mean, our GMC Hummer EV weighs over 9,400 pounds, which is over a ton more than a Ram Power Wagon. After taking other EVs like the Ford F-150 Lightning off-road, we all agree that weight is a huge issue.

By contrast, Canoo says its pickup truck weighs about 4,453 pounds. For refence, the Rivian R1S weighs over 7,068 pounds, and the R1T is about 100 pounds more. Canoo says that their 80-kWh battery capacity is good for up to 250 miles. It’s connected to a 300-hp motivator that makes 332-lb-ft of torque at the rear axle. If you want more grunt, a 600-hp motor dual-motor setup is an option that makes 550 lb-ft of torque.

The power-to-weight numbers are outstanding, as are the minuscule dimensions: 184.1 inches long, with a 112.2-inch wheelbase. It’s supposed to be 78 inches wide, and the forward-control-looking cab makes it 76 inches tall. That makes it about three inches narrower than the R1S, with its mirrors folded.

The issues with the Canoo Pickup may include its suspension and range

Canoo says that, with DC fast charging, it will take 28 minutes to charge to 80-percent, but they don’t supply information about the charging architecture. With a 250-mile max range, it falls well short of the Hummer EV’s nearly 330-mile range. Still, the Canoo pickup weighs about half as much as the Hummer, so keep that in mind.

Then there’s the off-road capability issue. Canoo says it has a 161 mm ground clearance, which translates to about 6.3 inches. That’s far less than most Subarus. Finally, there’s the double-wishbone front and rear suspension. It is sprung by a transverse composite leaf spine with twin tube dampers. All that connects to 20-inch wheels, surrounded by meaty looking tires.

Sorry, but I just don’t see this thing as a rock-crawler with that setup; and that’s okay. It looks like it will be able to keep up with off-road-ish crossovers, from my perspective. Still, if these images, and the website can be believed, the potential for ultimate utility is there.

Prices are expected to start at $30,000 and surpass $50,000, but Canoo seems focused on offering these through a lease program. I can’t wait to see the pickup. Stay tuned for more updates!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.