Cars transporting astronauts at NASA center

USA - A special electric vehicle ordered by NASA with startup Canoo is being tested at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

In April, the electric vehicle startup won a contract to provide the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with a crew vehicle for the Artemis lunar exploration program. Images shared on the social media site show some of the first Canoos being tested.

NASA requires a zero-emission vehicle, and emphasizes that the vehicle needs to carry four astronauts in full protective gear, three additional staff members and a driver. The car also needs enough room for 5 equipment bags, 4 coolers, and another specialized bag.

The model that Canoo supplied to NASA was a custom version of the Lifestyle model, a quirky minivan that started production this year. The vehicle, originally developed for both private and corporate customers, is expected to be delivered before the end of this year or early 2023. Canoo will deliver the special versions to NASA in June 2023.

With the Lifestyle model, Canoo plans to sell 4 versions: Standard, Premium, Adventure and Delivery. Prices start at 34,800 USD. The car is equipped with an electric motor with a capacity of 300 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.

Canoo was founded in 2017 and focuses solely on electric vehicles. In the past few years alone, the company has gotten into a number of troubles under investigation following its merger with Hennessey Capital Acquisition Corp. IV and was sued by the shareholders themselves. Canoo also faced financial problems and was questioned about its ability to continue operating.

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