Electric vehicle maker plans to bring 2,000 jobs to northeast Oklahoma

Canoo unveiled its first electriv van model in November 2019. Canoo Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila has committed to build a factory in Pryor. 

PRYOR – Los Angeles-based electric vehicle maker announced on June 17 plans to build a micro-megafactory and bring 2,000 jobs to MidAmerica Industrial Park near Pryor.

Canoo is expected to open its Oklahoma facility in 2023.

“We invested millions of dollars to find the right location for our manufacturing facility,” Canoo Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila said in a statement. “We’re proud to be American-made and to bring more than 2,000 jobs to Oklahoma.  because of its leadership, energy-forward initiatives, strategic location and the hardworking ethic of its people. ...

“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 at the 9,000-acre industrial park 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, according to a news release.

“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,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said in the release. “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.”

While the Oklahoma campus is built, Canoo will partner with Netherlands-based VDL Nedcar to bring its first vehicle to market in the fourth quarter of 2022.