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

DETROIT — U.S. electric motor vehicle startup Canoo explained on Thursday it would construct an assembly plant in Oklahoma that was scheduled to open in 2023 and until finally then would use VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands as its contract company.

The Canoo plant will be situated on about 400 acres of land in Pryor, Okla., in the northeast of the condition, CEO Tony Aquila explained at the firm’s trader relations assembly in Dallas. The plant will include things like a paint shop, human body shop and general assembly and make use of in excess of two,000 men and women, the enterprise explained.

“We have picked the amazing condition of Oklahoma to manufacture,” explained Aquila, who previously opened workplaces in Dallas.

A Canoo spokeswomen declined to give a price for investment decision in the plant and did not give particulars on its capacity.

Until finally the Oklahoma plant opens, VDL would construct Canoo’s pod-like, 7-seat life-style motor vehicle for the U.S. and European marketplaces, he explained, allowing for Canoo to meet its dedication to get started creation in the fourth quarter of 2022.

In December, Canoo went general public by a reverse merger with a distinctive-purpose acquisition enterprise. In April, it improved CEOs, with Aquila, a former application executive and just one of Canoo’s biggest shareholders, using in excess of.

Canoo designed a “skateboard,”¬†or a very low-rise platform that bundles batteries and electric motors with this kind of chassis factors as steering, brakes and wheels, on which a selection of motor vehicle human body forms can be crafted.

VDL is scheduled to construct up to 1,000 vehicles following calendar year, with a concentrate on of fifteen,000 in 2023, Canoo explained.

After the life-style motor vehicle, Canoo options to introduce a multipurpose supply motor vehicle and pickup truck.