Exhibit 5.1





300 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654
United States
+1 312 862 2000





April 24, 2023


Canoo Inc.

19951 Mariner Avenue

Torrance, California 9050


Re: Registration Statement of Canoo Inc. on Form S-3


Ladies and Gentlemen:


We are acting as special counsel to Canoo Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the registration by the Company of the offer and sale of convertible debentures (the “Convertible Debentures”), which are convertible into up to 340,812,269 shares (the “Shares”) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”), pursuant to the terms of the securities purchase agreement (the “Securities Purchase Agreement”), dated as of April 24, 2023, between the Company and YA II PN, Ltd. The Convertible Debentures and Shares (collectively, the “Securities”) are being offered and sold pursuant to a Registration Statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-266666) filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on August 8, 2022 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”) (such Registration Statement, as amended or supplemented, is hereinafter referred to as the “Registration Statement”), including a base prospectus dated August 18, 2022 (the “Prospectus”).


In connection therewith, we have examined originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of such documents, corporate records and other instruments as we have deemed necessary for the purposes of this opinion, including (i) the corporate and organizational documents of the Company, including the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, as amended through the date hereof, and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, (ii) resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Company with respect to the issuance and sale of the Securities, (iii) the Registration Statement and the exhibits thereto, (iv) the Prospectus and (v) the Securities Purchase Agreement and the Convertible Debentures.


For purposes of this opinion, we have assumed the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies and the authenticity of the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies. We have also assumed the legal capacity of all natural persons, the genuineness of the signatures of persons signing all documents in connection with which this opinion is rendered, the authority of such persons signing on behalf of the parties thereto other than the Company and the due authorization, execution and delivery of all documents by the parties thereto other than the Company. We have not independently established or verified any facts relevant to the opinions expressed herein, but have relied upon statements and representations of officers and other representatives of the Company and others.


Based upon and subject to the foregoing qualifications, assumptions and limitations and the further limitations set forth below, we are of the opinion that:


1.The Convertible Debentures have been duly authorized, and when the Convertible Debentures have been executed and delivered against payment of the agreed consideration therefor, all in accordance with the terms of the Securities Purchase Agreement, the Convertible Debentures will be legally issued and will constitute valid and binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms.


2.The Shares have been duly authorized, and when the Shares are registered by the Company’s transfer agent and issued and delivered by the Company upon conversion and payment of the applicable conversion amount in accordance with the terms of the Convertible Debentures, the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.


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Canoo Inc.

April 24, 2023

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Our opinions expressed above are subject to the qualifications that we express no opinion as to the applicability of, compliance with, or effect of (i) any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, fraudulent transfer, fraudulent conveyance, moratorium or other similar law affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally, (ii) general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law), (iii) other commonly recognized statutory and judicial constraints as to enforceability, including statutes of limitations, and (iv) public policy considerations which may limit the rights of parties to obtain certain remedies.


We express no opinion with respect to the enforceability of: (i) consents to, or restrictions upon, judicial relief or jurisdiction or venue; (ii) waivers of rights or defenses with respect to stay, extension or usury laws; (iii) advance waivers of claims, defenses, rights granted by law, or notice, opportunity for hearing, evidentiary requirements, statutes of limitation, trial by jury or at law, or other procedural rights; (iv) waivers of broadly or vaguely stated rights; (v) provisions for exclusivity, election or cumulation of rights or remedies; (vi) provisions authorizing or validating conclusive or discretionary determinations; (vii) grants of setoff rights; (viii) provisions for the payment of attorneys’ fees where such payment is contrary to law or public policy; (ix) proxies, powers and trusts; (x) restrictions upon non-written modifications and waivers; (xi) provisions prohibiting, restricting, or requiring consent to assignment or transfer of any right or property; (xii) any provision to the extent it requires any party to indemnify any other person against loss in obtaining the currency due following a court judgment in another currency; and (xiii) provisions for liquidated damages, default interest, late charges, monetary penalties, make-whole premiums or other economic remedies to the extent such provisions are deemed to constitute a penalty.


Our opinions expressed above are subject to the qualifications that we express no opinion as to the applicability of, compliance with, or effect of any laws except the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (including the statutory provisions, all applicable provisions of the Delaware constitution and reported judicial decisions interpreting the foregoing).


We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion with the Commission as Exhibit 5.1 to the Company’s current report on Form 8-K. We also consent to the reference to our firm under the heading “Legal Matters” in the Prospectus constituting part of the Registration Statement. In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission.


We do not find it necessary for the purposes of this opinion, and accordingly we do not purport to cover herein, the application of the securities or “Blue Sky” laws of the various states to the issuance and sale of the Securities.


This opinion is limited to the specific issues addressed herein, and no opinion may be inferred or implied beyond that expressly stated herein.


This opinion is furnished to you in connection with the filing of the Prospectus and in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Act, and is not to be used, circulated, quoted or otherwise relied upon for any other purpose.


  /s/ Kirkland & Ellis LLP