Walmart announced today that it signed a definitive agreement with electric mobility company Canoo to purchase 4,500 all-electric delivery vehicles. The agreement outlines an option to purchase up to 10,000 units in the future, and deliveries are expected to start with the company’s Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle or LDV.
Walmart said the LDVs will be used to deliver online orders sustainably, contributing to the company’s overall goal to achieve zero emissions by 2040. The LDV is expected to be on the road by 2023, with initial advanced deliveries being used to “refine and finalize vehicle configuration in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex in the coming weeks.”
The vehicles will be used by Walmart associates to deliver online grocery and general merchandise orders and could expand to the company’s Walmart GoLocal program.
“We’re thrilled to continue diversifying our last-mile delivery fleet with Canoo’s unique and sustainably focused all-electric technology, which will provide our associates with safe, ergonomic delivery vehicles,” Senior VP of Innovation and Automation for Walmart, David Guggina, said. “Today, the closest Walmart to customers is right in their pockets – it’s the Walmart app. By continuing to expand our last-mile delivery fleet in a sustainable way, we’re able to provide customers and Walmart+ members with even more access to same-day deliveries while keeping costs low.”
Canoo, on the other hand, is offering an optimized, sustainable, and commercial LDV design that is suitable for last-mile delivery use cases. “As with all Canoo vehicles, the LDV is built on a proprietary multi-purpose platform (MPP) architecture that integrates the motors, battery module, and other critical driving components,” Canoo describes in the press release.
Canoo has four configurations of the LDV: Delivery, Base, Premium, and Adventure. The Delivery trim level packs 250 miles of range thanks to an 80 kWh battery pack and a 1,464-lb payload.
Reports of the deal with Walmart send Canoo stock soaring over 80 percent. At the time of writing, shares were trading at $4.28, up $1.91. Shares closed at $2.37 at the end of Monday’s trading session.
“We are proud to have been selected by Walmart, one of the most sophisticated buyers in the world, to provide our high-tech, all-electric, American-made Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle to add to their impressive logistics capabilities,” CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, said. “Our LDV has the turning radius of a small passenger vehicle on a parking-friendly, compact footprint, yet the payload and cargo space of a commercial delivery vehicle. This is the winning algorithm to seriously compete in the last mile delivery race, globally.”
Optimized for high-frequency stop-and-go trips, the LDV is designed for a speedy dropoff of customer goods to keep deliveries going. The modular van packs 120 cubic feet of cargo volume and is adaptable to evolve with customer needs, contributing to a decreasing per unit investment over time.
Canoo said it anticipates its first LDV units to be delivered to Walmart in Q4 2022. Walmart has also ordered 1,100 E-Transit vans from Ford.
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