Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Mar. 24, 2021
Jun. 30, 2020
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Document Annual Report true    
Document Transition Report false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2020    
Entity File Number 001-38824    
Entity Registrant Name CANOO INC    
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE    
Entity Tax Identification Number 83-1476189    
Entity Address State Or Province CA    
Entity Address, Address Line One 19951 Mariner Avenue    
Entity Address, City or Town Torrance    
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 90503    
City Area Code 424    
Local Phone Number 271-2144    
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share    
Trading Symbol GOEV    
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes    
ICFR Auditor Attestation Flag false    
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer    
Entity Small Business true    
Entity Emerging Growth Company true    
Entity Ex Transition Period false    
Entity Shell Company false    
Entity Public Float     $ 251,887,174
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   237,462,163  
Entity Central Index Key 0001750153    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2020    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Amendment Flag false