Electric vehicle company, and up to 2,000 jobs, coming to Oklahoma
After narrowly missing out on a new Tesla factory last year, Oklahoma is going to be home to a different California-based electric vehicle company's new manufacturing facility, and potentially securing 2,000 jobs in the process.
Los Angeles-based Canoo announced Thursday the company would open a 400-acre campus at MidAmerica Industrial Park, located in Pryor, in 2023.
Canoo Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila made a joint announcement with Gov. Kevin Stitt about the facility on Thursday. The company considered multiple states before landing in Oklahoma.
“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," Aquila said in a statement.
The campus will include a full commercialization facility with a paint, body shop and general assembly plant. It will also include a low-volume industrialization facility.
Tulsa was reportedly a finalist for a new Tesla manufacturing facility, before ultimately losing out to Austin, Texas, in 2020. But that narrow miss re-invigorated efforts to recruit automotive industry jobs back to Oklahoma.
“We have made electric vehicle manufacturing a top priority in our recruitment efforts as we work to further diversify Oklahoma’s economy,” said Oklahoma Department of Commerce Secretary Scott Mueller.
Securing the manufacturing facility is seen as a testament to that work, and a big win for the state.
“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,” Stitt said in a statement.
Canoo is scheduled to bring its first vehicle to market in Q4 2022 by partnering with VDL Nedcar while the Oklahoma facility is built, according to the company. .