Schmitz said the partnership is unique in that Canoo kicked off the discussion based on the university’s ongoing work on electric and autonomous vehicles.
“They were impressed with our research capacity as well as our student body,” he said. “They were forced to approach us.
Schmitz said UW researchers were working to improve battery efficiency and reduce reliance on scarce resources as well as hydrogen and ammonia-based fuel cells that could advance the technology. electric vehicles.
Lorrie Lisek, executive director of Wisconsin Clean Cities, said the partnership appears to align with the group’s mission to advance sustainable transportation methods such as electric vehicles.
“We look forward to seeing their research become actions that will benefit all of Wisconsin in the future,” said Lisek.
In a statement, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said the partnership “underscores the benefits of mobilizing talent at a world-class research university.”
Canoo plans to market its first vehicle, a 300 horsepower minivan with a range of 250 miles, in 2022 with a base price of around $ 35,000. A delivery van and a pickup truck built on the same platform are in the works for 2023.