The Last Word: Canoo CEO Tony Aquila on the EV Maker’s Electric Delivery Vehicles Coming to DFW Walmart Locations

“This is the winning algorithm to seriously compete in the last mile delivery race, globally.

Tony Aquila
CEO and Executive Chairman 
.…on Walmart ordering 4,500 of his company’s purpose-built electric delivery vehicles, which will be piloted in DFW.

Walmart has ordered 4,500 all-electric Lifestyle Delivery Vehicles from Canoo, with the first pre-production test models to roll out in Dallas-Fort Worth in the coming weeks for a pilot. The retail giant will be the first to receive the Canoo LDVs and plans to use them for last-mile deliveries in support of its growing e-commerce business.

Canoo anticipates the LDVs will officially hit the road for Walmart deliveries in 2023. 

Tony Aquila

As part of the agreement announced earlier this week, Walmart signed an option to buy up to 10,000 units of Canoo’s LDV s to advance its goal to achieve zero-emissions by 2040.

Aquila, the former CEO of Westlake’s Solera Holdings, says Walmart has the assets to really leverage Canoo’s EVs.

“Walmart’s massive store footprint provides a strategic advantage in today’s growing ‘Need it now’ mindset and an unmatched opportunity for growing EV demand, especially at today’s gas prices,” he said in a statement.

The vehicles will be used to deliver online orders in a sustainable way, Canoo said, which will also contribute to Walmart’s goal to achieve zero emissions by 2040.

The DFW pilot will “refine and finalize vehicle configuration” in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Commercial EVs optimized for last-mile delivery

Canoo says its American-made commercial EVs are optimized for sustainable last mile delivery use cases. Like its other vehicles, the company’s proprietary multi-purpose platform integrates critical driving components, such as the motors and battery. The LDV, which reduces moving parts, has customized cargo space to increase usable interior space and added a panoramic window to improve road visibility, among other things.

Engineering for high-frequency stop-and-go deliveries is key for competitive per-stop economics, the company noted. The LDVs have a modular design and 120 cubic feet of cargo volume that’s “adaptable to evolve with customer needs which contributes to a decreasing per unit investment over time,” the company said.

“Walmart’s massive store footprint provides a strategic advantage in today’s growing ‘Need it now’ mindset and an unmatched opportunity for growing EV demand, especially at today’s gas prices,” Aquila said.

Local and last-mile deliveries

The fleet could also be used for Walmart GoLocal, the retailer’s delivery-as-a-service business, the companies said.

Beyond its fulfillment centers, Walmart uses nearly 4,000 of its stores to fulfill online orders. The retailer uses a combination of Walmart associates, independent contractors driving on the Spark Driver Network, and third-party delivery service providers. In some locations, autonomous vehicles and drones also make deliveries.

The retailer says with its “expansive last mile delivery network” it reaches 80% of the U.S. population with same-day delivery on a growing assortment of items. In May, the retail announced drone delivery to 4 million households in partnership with DroneUp. Walmart said the service would be available in select neighborhoods in six states, including Texas. 

Both Walmart and Canoo are based in Bentonville, Arkansas, since Canoo moved its HQ there from Dallas-Fort Worth last year.


For other revealing quotes about what’s new and next in North Texas, check out Every Last Word.

This report was updated with additional details about the agreement and Walmart’s last-mile use case on July 16, 2022, at 12:15 p.m.

Get on the list.
Dallas Innovates, every day.

Sign up to keep your eye on what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth, every day.

One quick signup, and you’re done.

R E A D   N E X T

  • THE LAST WORD on Dallas Innovates. Find "who said what" in our collection of quotes on Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation.

    Read “who said what” in our roundup of quotes about all things North Texas, including ENO8's Jeff Francis; MyndVR's Chris Brickler and Ted Werth; Axxess' John Olajide; the Urban Land Institute's Ron Pressman; Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson; the Mavs Foundation's Katie Edwards; UT Arlington's Yi Hong;'s Ben Caballero; ParkHub's George Baker Sr.; and more.

  • A 1.5 million-square-foot automated fulfillment center is slated to open in Lancaster in 2023, followed by a 730,000 square-foot automated grocery distribution center in 2024. Both will deploy the latest in high-tech robotics and innovation.

  • The T.D. Jakes Foundation, Dallas Mavericks, and Goldman Sachs announced the winners of its free, two-week immersive 'Hackathon' for kids aged 14 to 18. Six local high school students won for developing an app for people suffering from mental illness to get the help they need. The chairman of T.D. Jakes Foundation has today's "Last Word" on Dallas Innovates.

  • Tatum told D CEO he got the idea for his modular construction firm after he stopped playing pro basketball in Latin America and started investing in residential construction.  “I became frustrated with the change orders, inspection process, and delayed times. I distinctly remember telling myself, ‘There has to be another way.’" Tatum told D CEO. Today his company can build a home in eight to 16 weeks, and do it more sustainably, he says, with a forecast of over $50 million in revenue this year.

  • "It was a dog fight.” Kent Sharp President Sherman Economic Development Corporation .…on battling with rivals in South Korea and Ohio to bring GlobiTech's $5 billion new silicon wafer plant to Sherman, via the Dallas Business Journal. On Monday, we wrote about the city of Sherman landing a new $5 billion, 3.2 million-square-foot silicon wafer plant. Beating out two other potential sites in Ohio and South Korea, GlobiTech's new 3.2 million-square-foot Sherman facility will create 1,500 new jobs. To be built in four phases, with construction kicking off later this year, the new plant could eventually produce more than 1 million…