Canoo a company manufacturing breakthrough electric vehicle (EVs) today announced owned and contract manufacturing plans. During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO Tony Aquila named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. Based in the Netherlands, VDL Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the US & EU markets while Canoo builds its US-based mega microfactory. By parallel pathing contract and owned manufacturing Canoo will meet its commitment to start production and deliver vehicles in Q4, 2022.
Canno also announced Oklahoma as the location of its Oklahoma as the location for its US manufacturing facility. During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Investor Chairman & CEO Tony Aquila welcomed Governor Kevin Stitt for the joint announcement. By parallel pathing contract and owned manufacturing Canoo will meet its commitment to start production and delivery vehicles in Q4 2022.
“We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner,” said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. “They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs – which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfill our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone.”
Canoo and VDL have been working together on vehicle manufacturability and production planning to successfully lay the groundwork for Canoo’s U.S. manufacturing operations, which will be based in Oklahoma. The Nedcar facility is slated to build up to 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022 with a target of 15,000 units in 2023.
“Canoo’s bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility,” said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. “This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena.”
Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track for start of production. The company expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022 followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Canoo also announced Oklahoma as the location for its US manufacturing facility. During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Investor Chairman & CEO Tony Aquila welcomed Governor Kevin Stitt for the joint announcement. By parallel pathing contract and owned manufacturing Canoo will meet its commitment to start production and delivery vehicles in Q4 2022.”We invested millions of dollars to find the right location for our manufacturing facility. We’re proud to be American made and to bring more than 2,000 jobs to Oklahoma,” said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman & CEO, Canoo, Inc. “We ran a multi-state competition and Oklahoma was head and shoulders above the other contenders because of its leadership, energy forward initiatives, strategic location and the hardworking 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.”
Canoo’s 400-acre campus will be in the Tulsa area at MidAmerica Industrial Park, a 9,000-acre industrial complex strategically located near some of the nation’s most highly traveled thoroughfares. The mega microfactory 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. It will be a significant investment into the state and will generate more than 2,000 high paying jobs. Canoo’s mega microfactory is targeted to open in 2023.
“Oklahoma has always been a pioneer in the energy industry, and this partnership with Canoo shows that our state is an innovation leader in electric vehicle technology,” said Governor Stitt. “We are thrilled to partner with Canoo and Chairman & CEO Tony Aquila to provide high-paying jobs for Oklahomans and position America as the global leader for vehicle manufacturing for decades to come.”
Canoo has developed its own unique process that assembles both the cabin and multi-purpose platform chassis in parallel, which is expected to significantly reduce costs and improve throughput. Its innovative bifurcated manufacturing process is enabled by its unique fully self-contained multi-purpose platform, which houses all the critical driving components of the vehicle and is common to all Canoo vehicles. The highly automated assembly process allows for the multi-purpose platform to be produced at volume without interfering with the upper body production process.
While the Oklahoma Campus is built, Canoo partnered with VDL Nedcar to bring its first vehicle to market in Q4 2022.