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Canoo's new pickup truck is a quirky little people and package transporter

The Canoo pickup truck is coming to market in a few years.

Photo courtesy of Canoo

Rivian has designed their all-electric truck to be big and beefy, with traditional truck-like aesthetics. Tesla went the other direction with the Cybertruck. Canoo's new pickup has looks more like a lorry you might find in Southeast Asia than an American pickup.

Canoo is a company developing purpose-built electric vehicles (EVs) using their own platform and architecture. Their fully-electric pickup debuted this week and the company was quick to point out its unique features.

Each Canoo pickup is moved by a single rear motor or dual front-rear motor combination. With the dual motors, the truck delivers up to 600 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. It has a 1,800-pound payload capacity and offers 200+ miles of all-electric range.

Canoo pickup truck profile The truck is shorter than a Ford Ranger but has about the same cargo capacity in the bed.Photo courtesy of Canoo

Canoo pickup truck profile

The truck is about 21 inches shorter than a Ford Ranger. A lot of that can be chalked up to its stubby nose in replacement of the engine bay. Because there's no engine, the Canoo pickup truck is able to make full use of its front via an installed cargo storage area and a fold-down work table that is complete with electrical outlets. The sides of the truck also feature fold-down tables with two expandable depths that allow it to become a work bench.

At 76 inches, it's four inches taller than the Ranger. They are the same width. Canoo has given the model a 64x72-inch bed that has a depth of 21 inches.

Like a. traditional SUV, Canoo's truck bed features a modular space divider that keeps items separate and secure. There are modular wheel chocks in the bed well that can be used to help secure bikes. Tie downs allow for secure storage of work materials like ladders and large equipment.

The truck's bed is six feet long and can be extended to eight feet via a pull out, which means hat a 4x8-foot sheet of plywood can fit inside. The pull-handle bed extension can help with loading and unloading, and serves as a license plate holder. When the bed is extended, a second layer of tailgate doors can be swiveled out and it houses secondary taillights for legal road use.

The pickup features two skid plates to protect from off-road terrain.Photo courtesy of Canoo

A hidden step on the vehicle allows for easy access to the truck bed. A flexible storage area below the step allows for additional cargo space. A third brake light doubles as an overhead light to see inside the cargo bed at night. Perimeter lighting on all sides of the bed wall adds interior visibility.

The flat-bed, electric body design of Canoo's truck allows for exportable power on all sides of the vehicle. Canoo says that utilizing the outlets with tools and devices has as little as a 10 percent impact on vehicle range.

Canoo is showing the truck wearing 18-inch wheels. It has metal skid plates n the front and rear as well as integrated tow hooks and fog lamps. Buyers can spec their model with roof racks or a camper shell.

Canoo pickup truck features: front cargo area and work table

Photo courtesy of Canoo

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The extended cab truck has two seats in the front while the rear compartment can be customized to fit two additional seats or for purpose-built use-case configurability. A tow hitch receiver, and steer-by-wire, and brake-by-wire technology are standard. Full specification options will be available closer to the truck's on sale date.

The production version of the pickup truck will open for preorders in the second quarter of 2021, with deliveries beginning as early as 2023.

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Tesla rolls back FSD beta before issuing fix

Tesla issued a beta update but quickly pulled it back.

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Tesla's Full Self-Driving tech is currently in public beta testing, which means that the automaker allows a subset of its owners to download the software to their cars. Over the weekend, Tesla released FSD beta 10.3 and users started reporting issues almost immediately. Since Tesla's PR department is essentially CEO Elon Musk's Twitter account, he took to social media to outline the process to fix problems with the beta.

Tesla FSD Drivers reported issues with vehicle safety systems after updating.Tesla

Musk tweeted that public beta version 10.3 was rolled back to 10.2. "Please note, this is to be expected with beta software," he said. Issues began popping up with Tesla owners on various forums and on social media. Drivers reported that cars shut off active safety features without their input and some noted that their forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking systems malfunctioned, causing the cars to apply the brakes without any apparent danger in the road ahead.

Tesla FSD A new beta was released this morning with fixes for the problems.Tesla

Early this morning, Musk tweeted again to note that beta version 10.3.1 is rolling out now, which would re-update users to the latest version with fixes. All of this illustrates how FSD is not final and has a way to go before it's ready for showtime. Developing software of any type is difficult work, made even harder by the fact that public roads are so unpredictable at times. So, while Tesla's public beta approach, which puts unproven functions into the hands of everyday drivers, may not be the most palatable for many of us on the roads at the same time, it's certainly netting the company plenty of data to work with.

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The AWD ID.4 model is on its way.

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There was a lot of buzz when VW introduced its 2021 ID.4 all-electric crossover with rear-wheel drive earlier this year, but there's plenty more now that the Wolfsburg automaker has added an all-wheel-drive version. The 2021 VW ID.4 AWD gets another motor onboard this compact SUV that brings all-wheel-drive traction. The SUV appeals to buyers in the snow belt states but will also tickle the fancy of performance enthusiasts. Now with motors on both the front and rear axle, there is nearly fifty percent more power, with impressive gains to horsepower and torque as well as the added battery-electric boost to that scoots the 5-seater from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds (the RWD model took 7.5 seconds to achieve the same).

2021 VW ID.4 AWD An extra motor brings AWD to the ID.4.Volkswagen

On sale now, the 2021 VW ID.4 AWD Pro starts at $44,870, before federal or other incentives; this is a $3,680 premium over the rear-drive model. The AWD Pro S starts at $49,370; both models are eligible for $7,500 income-tax credits. It's worth noting that current delivery estimates for the AWD Pro are running into 2022. The AWD Pro trim has been rated by the EPA at 249 miles (only 11 miles less than the Pro RWD) while the AWD Pro S has been validated at 240 miles (as compared to 250 miles). The AWD Pro has been rated at 102 MPGe for city driving/90 highway/97 combined; the Pro S gets 93/98/88. Both are rated at 2,700 towing. Competitors include the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y.

While the AWD and RWD look the same outside, one exterior badge designates the newest variant with an "AWD" badge, plus it gets 0.6 inches of added ground clearance, slightly bigger brakes and sway bars. From the front, the electric SUV has smoothed jelly-bean styling that is highlighted by standard LED headlights and standard black roof rails that sit atop the body-colored roof. From the rear, it wears hatchback-like looks.

2021 VW ID.4 AWD The ID.4's cabin is tidy and upscale, no matter the model.Volkswagen

We drove both the Pro and Pro S versions, with different premium interior trims and found the Gradient Package ($1500) visually upscale and appealing. It brings a black roof with silver rails, along with 20-inch wheels and the availability of King's Red Metallic paint, as a $395 option. The Pro is well-equipped with attractive trim elements and an impressive collection of communication and infotainment technologies. Pro S comes with a glass roof with an electrically-retractable shade and front seats with leatherette upholstery and 12-way power adjustments (including four-way lumbar support and a massage system).

We drove the new ID.4 AWD over a course of 160 miles along a variety of roads to sample its handling and ergonomics. The interior has a clean and open feel with good visibility. Controls and gauges are well-placed and the seatbelts are height-adjustable, while a configurable console holds different drink sizes and has removable cupholders. A futuristic LED "Light" strip with 10 different ambient lighting selections extends across the dashboard and pulses with directional signals, incoming phone calls, navigation prompts and other in-cabin inputs (optional is 30-color lighting selection on the Pro S). Driving is also a bit futuristic with no stop/start button; the vehicle senses the approaching key and can start climate control, unfold side mirrors, unlock doors and illuminate door handles at night, among a number of other high-tech features. There is 30.3 cubic feet of stowage behind the rear seats and up to 64.2 cubic feet with the second row folded. Under the floor storage holds the charging cable and small items. Pro S has an adjustable trunk floor that can be raised and lowered and a ski passthrough.

Pushing the brake pedal triggers the ID.4 to begin motoring, with the option of a "D" mode for typical driving or "B" for a more regenerative driving experience. Travel Assist brings semi-autonomous driving. Notable is the fun and responsive torque-on-tap, well-balanced direct steering and a suspension system that allows the small compact to maneuver well through traffic and along twisty roadways, as well as an impressive turning radius. The vehicle dynamics control system is integrated with the stability control system and an electronic differential to seamlessly engage the front axle, when needed. Volkswagen has added a different asynchronous motor to the front with a permanent-magnetic synchronous motor at the back for a combined 295 hp. and 339 lb.-ft. of torque.

2021 VW ID.4 AWD The ID.4 AWD will start shipping in early 2022.Volkswagen

Carried over are 82-kWh battery packs and the 5 to 80 percent fast-charging time of 38 minutes, when using 125kW fast-charging. VW says it can add 62 miles of range in 10 minutes; home charging on a Level 2 charger is projected to take approximately 7.5 hours for a full charge.

Of note: VW includes three years of complimentary charging up to 125 kW, with any ID.4 purchase or lease; VW Group's Electrify America charging network has over 650 stations and more than 2,700 fast chargers.

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