U.S. EV startup Canoo to build plant in Oklahoma

DETROIT — U.S. electrical car or truck startup Canoo claimed on Thursday it would construct an assembly plant in Oklahoma that was scheduled to open in 2023 and till then would use VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands as its deal maker.

The Canoo plant will be located on about 400 acres of land in Pryor, Okla., in the northeast of the point out, CEO Tony Aquila claimed at the company’s trader relations conference in Dallas. The plant will incorporate a paint store, body store and general assembly and employ around 2,000 folks, the enterprise claimed.

“We have picked the wonderful point out of Oklahoma to manufacture,” claimed Aquila, who formerly opened places of work in Dallas.

A Canoo spokeswomen declined to give a worth for investment in the plant and did not give details on its capability.

Until the Oklahoma plant opens, VDL would construct Canoo’s pod-like, seven-seat way of living car or truck for the U.S. and European marketplaces, he claimed, allowing Canoo to satisfy its determination to start out production in the fourth quarter of 2022.

In December, Canoo went public via a reverse merger with a special-objective acquisition enterprise. In April, it transformed CEOs, with Aquila, a former software program executive and one of Canoo’s most significant shareholders, taking around.

Canoo produced a “skateboard,”¬†or a minimal-rise system that bundles batteries and electrical motors with these chassis components as steering, brakes and wheels, on which a wide range of car or truck body forms can be developed.

VDL is scheduled to construct up to 1,000 vehicles following year, with a goal of 15,000 in 2023, Canoo claimed.

Following the way of living car or truck, Canoo ideas to introduce a multipurpose delivery car or truck and pickup truck.