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Canoo has announced that it has received a binding order for 9,300 American-made electric vehicles from Kingbee, a van rental operator. The agreement will also see the van rental provider be able to increase the order to 18,600 if they so wish. 

The company has said that Kingbee will upfit, wrap and deliver Canoo vehicles as work-ready fleets solutions for enterprise and small & medium sized business customers across the U.S. 

“At Canoo, we engineer and design for fleets, enterprises, 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. 

“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, says the company’s press release. 

Canoo offers most of the vehicle service, maintenance and updates over the air which decreases vehicle downtime and increases ROI for fleet operators.  

Canoo vehicles have key features that are designed with the driver in mind. The vehicles have a panoramic front window to improve road visibility and utilise true steer by wire technology, resulting in more usable interior space and better driver ergonomics. 

While Canoo offers a dynamic vehicle, Kingbee will provide a turn-key solution for fleet rental, delivering fully upfitted commercial solutions with optional signage to operators with flexible leasing terms. 

“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. Our assets are our business, and we need products that provide the best driver experience with durability. We’ve seen that small and medium businesses are looking for sustainable, affordable and flexible solutions that don’t tie up all of their cash so this is a win-win for Kingbee. Providing a customized solution that handles well and has great ergonomics for the work vehicle industry. Between Canoo’s platform and Kingbee’s work-ready upfits, our flexible fleet leasing model will significantly reduce the barriers to entry for many fleets owners who think they have to purchase all of their vehicles. It’s even more exciting that it comes in a zero emissions package.”