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NASA Taps EV Maker Canoo to Shuttle Astronauts to Launchpad

  • Agency seeks crew transport vehicles for Artemis missions
  • Startup has faced employee departures, federal investigation
A Canoo prototype electric van on display at AutoMobility LA on Nov. 18, 2021.

A Canoo prototype electric van on display at AutoMobility LA on Nov. 18, 2021.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg
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NASA selected electric-truck maker Canoo Inc. to build vehicles to carry astronauts to the launchpad for upcoming missions to the moon and Mars, boosting the company’s profile as it grapples with a federal securities investigation and employee exodus.

The contract, valued at $147,855, was announced last week on the website for the U.S. General Services Administration. Competing bidders have until later this month to protest the award.