Minimal styled Electric utility van startup Canoo is moving its headquarters from California to quiet Bentonville, Arkansas. The company says that it will be opening a production factory in the state.
Canoo says with this new facility, it plans to hasten its electric van production “before q4 2022.” According to its CEO Tony Aquila, Arkansas factory will specially make vehicles for unique use cases” and more research and development functions.
News from the company highlight a dynamic structure of operations, its Oklahoma office will still have customer support, R&D, software development and finance teams.
Its California office will majorly hold its engineering and vehicle design staff. While there will be more research and development staff at the proposed Arkansas facility.
Canoo initially had plans to begin electric vehicle production at its Oklahoma factory in 2023.
Its recent facility is on a 400-acre site at the MidAmerica Industrial Park complex in Pryor, Oklahoma. According to Canoo, it will have a paint shop, body shop, and general assembly plant.
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Canoo calls this new facility a “mega micro-factory”. The Ev startup went public at the closing of 2020, raising close to $600 million.
The Electric vehicle startup plans to use the same compact drivetrain for all its proposed vehicles. This will house the battery pack, electric motor, and all the electronics.
Much if not all of Canoo EV Platform and production is in-house made. They pride themselves firstly as a Tech company, and secondly as an electric vehicle startup.
Canoo in-house staff is made up of more than fifty percent software engineers, its simplistic design language has drawn interest from Hyundai and Apple. Although both deals and talks with both companies have broken down.
Interestingly, Canoo now joins the likes of Tesla and others to build other factories to speed up their electric vehicle production. Although the electric van startup will be building Mega Micro-factories with loads of tech, it faces Rivian as a fierce rival.
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