Dallas-Fort Worth is the first in the United States to test Walmart’s new Canoo electric vehicles

Walmart is rolling out a fleet of new electric delivery vehicles, and the first place they’re trying them out is none other than Dallas-Fort Worth.

According to a statement, Walmart pledged in July to purchase 4,500 all-electric delivery vehicles from Canoo, a high-tech mobility company based in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Walmart has purchased Canoo’s Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV), an adorable rounded van that will be driven by Walmart employees to deliver online orders, groceries and general merchandise.

LDV is expected to hit the road widely in 2023, but they are refining the setup first with a trial in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Canoo’s LDV is an all-American commercial electric vehicle optimized for sustainable “last mile” delivery use cases. It is designed for frequent hop-on hop-off deliveries and quick vehicle-to-door drop-off, including grocery and food/meal delivery.

Cargo space is 120 cubic feet, with a modular design, designed for small package delivery and small enough to drive like a regular car, Canoo CEO, Chairman and investor Tony Aquila said in a statement. communicated.

“Our LCV has the turning radius of a small passenger vehicle on a compact, parking-friendly footprint, but the payload and cargo space of a commercial delivery vehicle,” says Aquila. “It’s the winning algorithm to seriously compete in the race for last-mile delivery, globally.”

LDVs will also potentially be used for Walmart GoLocal, their delivery-as-a-service business.

“By continuing to expand our last-mile delivery fleet in a sustainable way, we’re able to offer customers and Walmart+ members even greater access to same-day deliveries while keeping costs low,” said Walmart Senior Vice President David Guggina.

It will also allow Walmart to deliver online orders in a sustainable way that contributes to its goal of reaching zero emissions by 2040.

In addition to dedicated fulfillment centers, Walmart uses 3,800 of its stores to fulfill online orders. The retailer currently does this using a combination of Walmart associates, independent contractors driving on the Spark Driver Network, third-party delivery service providers and, in some locations, self-driving vehicles and drones, to make the deliveries.

Last year, Canoo chose Walmart’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas as its headquarters and Pryor, Oklahoma as its US manufacturing site, establishing an electric vehicle ecosystem in the heartland of the country.

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