Canoo's Limp Wall Street Debut

Francesca Billington

Francesca Billington is a freelance reporter. Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter for dot.LA and has also reported for KCRW, the Santa Monica Daily Press and local publications in New Jersey. She graduated from Princeton in 2019 with a degree in anthropology.

Canoo's Limp Wall Street Debut
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The electric car company Canoo made a weak Wall Street debut on Tuesday after completing a reverse merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition.

The Torrance-based startup, trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol GOEV, closed the session down 3.1%, falling from $22.75 a share.


The company offers a subscription electric car that is slated for release in 2022 and has touted its "skateboard platform" design. Last week, Canoo unveiled its second vehicle, a delivery van that starts at $33,000.

The startup inked a deal earlier this year with Hyundai Motor Group to build its futuristic modular minivan that consumers can rent through a subscription service.

Canoo's move is the latest in a string of electric vehicles going public via a SPAC. In October, Fisker went public following a similar merger that valued the company at around $3 billion.

The EV market is red hot. Shares for Tesla were down after its first day in the S&P 500 Monday, but its stock soared this year, making Elon Musk the second richest person in the world.

Hennessy shareholders approved the deal with Canoo on Monday. In a statement released then, Canoo CEO Tony Aquila said that "the next chapter is a very important one" as the company gears up for 2023 production.

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