Canoo, a startup American manufacturer of electric vehicles, will build its first mega microfactory on a 400-acre site at the MidAmerica Industrial Park located near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The project is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs.
The company reportedly plans to sell minivans by 2022 and also plans to produce commercial electric vehicles such as vans for vehicle rental and ride sharing services. Canoo is scheduled to bring its first vehicle to market in the fourth quarter of 2022 by partnering with VDL Nedcar while the Oklahoma facility is built.
“We ran a multi-state competition and invested millions of dollars to find the right manufacturing facility,” said Canoo Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila. “Oklahoma was head and shoulders above the other contenders because of its leadership, energy forward initiatives, strategic location and the hard working ethic of its people. We would like to congratulate Governor Stitt and his team who competed to have Canoo in their state, and we pledge our commitment to bring more clean energy to the great State. Our investment in this manufacturing and technology center means we will deliver vehicles faster at scale, and fulfill our mission to bring affordable, purpose - built EVs to everyone. We’re proud to be American made and to bring more than 2,000 jobs to Oklahoma.”
Canoo’s mega microfactory is targeted to open in 2023 and will include a full commercialization facility with a paint, body shop and general assembly plant. The campus will also include a low-volume industrialization facility.
“We have made electric vehicle manufacturing a top priority in our recruitment efforts as we work to further diversify Oklahoma’s economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development Scott Mueller. “Governor Stitt and I were able to work closely with Tony and his team over the last several months and showed the entire Canoo team the many merits of doing business in Oklahoma, including the value of the collaborative effort between great leaders like Tony and the senior leadership of our state. We are excited to welcome Canoo and show the rest of the automotive industry that Oklahoma is open for business.”
“At MidAmerica Industrial Park, we have been preparing for our next mega-employer for more than 10 years. We have made significant capital investments in speed-to-market capability by building new infrastructure, expanding shovel-ready sites, and strengthening workforce training, recruitment and retention,” said MidAmerica CEO David Stewart. “As the largest industrial park in the Central United States, with abundant renewable resources in power and water, Canoo’s selection of MidAmerica as the site for its inaugural production facility is testament to our competitiveness for new jobs.”