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Image courtesy of Canoo

The electric vehicle startup Canoo, which went public in late 2020, is the latest company to gamble on consumer interest in battery-powered pickup trucks.

Driving the news: The Los Angeles-based company hopes to begin delivering them as early as 2023, with preorders opening in Q2 of this year.

  • It's designed with features that help it function as a work truck, such as fold-down workbenches and a charging port for tools.
  • But they're saying it's designed for "work [and] the weekend," and planned options include a roof rack and camper shell attachments.
  • "The toyish truck shows just how far Canoo is willing to push the design of the microbus-style vehicle it first debuted back in 2019," The Verge reports.

Why it matters: Pickups are an immensely popular consumer segment, so startups and legacy automakers alike see a chance to capture a piece of that market with electric versions.

By the numbers: Canoo says it's planning a vehicle with over 200 miles of range, with up to 600 horsepower and an 1,800 pound payload capacity. The truck bed is six feet and can be extended to eight feet.

What we don't know: The price.

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Officials load a body into a vehicle at the site of the mass shooting in Indianapolis. Photo:

Eight people who were killed along with several others who were injured in a Thursday evening shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis have been identified by local law enforcement.

The big picture: The Sikh Coalition said at least four of the eight victims were members of the Indianapolis Sikh community.

Pompeo, wife misused State Dept. resources, federal watchdog finds

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The State Department's independent watchdog found that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules when he and his wife asked department employees to perform personal tasks on more than 100 occasions, including picking up their dog and making private dinner reservations.

Why it matters: The report comes as Pompeo pours money into a new political group amid speculation about a possible 2024 presidential run.