Pawnee Nation, Canoo Partner For Clean Technology Jobs, Growth

Pawnee Nation, Canoo Partner For Clean Technology Jobs, Growth

Pawnee tribal officials and Canoo will work together to deploy zero-emission vehicles.

Canoo Technologies announced today that it has established an agreement with the Pawnee Nation, based in Pawnee, Oklahoma, to identify and nurture emerging business and job opportunities in Oklahoma’s growing clean energy industry. 

“Our decision to locate our manufacturing in Oklahoma was driven in part by opportunities to work with tribal nations and others to further diversify local economies and to help create good jobs for working people in a dynamic emerging industry,” says Tony Aquila, chairman and CEO, Canoo.  “Under this agreement, the Pawnee Nation and Canoo will work together to train workers and develop suppliers for Oklahoma’s growing clean energy industry.”

“We are excited to partner with Canoo and to continue to expand our business and economic development ventures,” said Misty M. Nuttle, Pawnee Nation president. “This partnership brings diversification for us as we engage in industries we currently have not explored. We are enlivened to be on the frontier of energy and renewable energy opportunities and as stewards of our tribal and trust lands and natural resources, felt it is our duty to engage in the most responsible efforts and initiatives, so our resources remain available for future generations. We felt Canoo, through their knowledge and experience within the clean energy industry, shared this same vision. Their willingness to assist the Nation in enhancing our efforts to meet the needs of people has shown us that we are embarking on a true partnership.”

The agreement between the Pawnee Nation and Canoo is focused on four areas, Aquila says. First, building workforce skills in zero-emission vehicles and other clean energy technologies. Second, developing qualified suppliers of parts and services needed for the zero-emission vehicle industry. Third, supporting STEM education by connecting Pawnee students to internships and employment opportunities in clean energy fields. And finally, the Pawnee Nation will place an initial order for Canoo vehicles that will be built in Oklahoma.

“The Pawnee Nation believes that partnerships are key to tackling the challenges we face when it comes to issues such as climate change and diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workforce, education, and training,” said Jordan Kanuho, Pawnee business council vice president, about the partnership with Canoo. “Through recent partnerships with our Pawnee Nation Infrastructure Taskforce professionals and organizations such as Tribuquent, the University of Oklahoma, and the Pawnee Nation College, we have begun exploring innovative ways to repurpose oil wells on our lands for the use of geothermal energy along with photovoltaic technologies to produce clean energy on our tribal lands.”

Canoo said it believes this agreement is the first-of-its-kind with the Pawnee Nation and any business involved in clean tech or clean energy, such as manufacturing electric vehicles. The Pawnee Nation is focused on the continued development of its alternative fuel energy strategy and shift toward electrification within its community.

“This exciting partnership with Canoo will build on the work we’re currently doing in clean energy while at the same time, offering great opportunities to our tribal citizens in the area of workforce development, supporting STEM, and inspiring the next generation of Pawnee scientists and engineers by connecting students to internships, apprenticeships, and employment opportunities in clean energy technology fields,” Kanuho added. “We see that Canoo is doing some amazing things in the clean energy sector, and we’re excited to partner with them in this wonderful opportunity.”

You May Also Like

Accelera by Cummins Awarded $75M Grant from Dept. of Energy

Cummins will match the grant and invest a total of $150 in battery electric vehicle component manufacturing and job creation.

Accelera-by-Cummins-Awarded-75M-Grant-from-Dept.-of-Energy

Cummins Inc. announced that the company has been awarded $75 million to convert approximately 360,000 sq. ft. of existing manufacturing space at its Columbus (Indiana) Engine Plant (CEP) for zero-emissions components and electric powertrain systems. The $75 million grant is the largest federal grant ever awarded solely to Cummins and is part of the appropriations related to the Inflation Reduction Act, the company said.

Mullen Announces EV Battery Exchange Program

POWER BOOST enables existing Class 1 EV cargo van customers the opportunity to upgrade their lithium-ion battery packs to solid-state polymer battery packs, increasing Class 1 vehicle range to over 200 miles, Mullen said.

Mullen-Announces-Vehicle-Battery-Exchange-Program
GreenPower to Showcase its EV School Bus Safety at STN Reno

Transportation experts, school districts, government officials, public utilities and industry professionals gather annually at STN Expo Reno to network and explore training methods, products and service.

Toyota Invests in EV Charging Network IONNA

IONNA plans to install at least 30,000 charging ports in North America by 2030, and stations will include both NACS and CCS connectors to support all BEV drivers.

ionna Chargers
AESC Appoints CEO for US and Europe

Knudt Flor will also serve as global head of quality, reporting to CEO Shoichi Matsumoto.

Knudt-Flor_AESC
Other Posts
Respect Your Elders

Kaufman suggests that your forward planning includes a solid look at the “Olds” (those 65 and older), and the implications of demographic changes on the aftermarket.

Respect Your Elders
Toyota Chooses Communities to Receive EVgo Fast Chargers

Guided by its ‘Empact’ vision to address equitable EV charging and mobility for all, Toyota has revealed the first communities that will receive DC fast chargers — Baldwin Park, CA, and Sacramento, CA.

Toyota-Chooses-Communities-to-Receive-EVgo-Fast-Chargers
Wallbox Announces the Launch of Faster Charger

The newest addition to the product family is designed to charge at up to 220 kW, meaning that it can fully charge a passenger EV up to 100 miles in as little as eight minutes, the company said.

Wallbox-new-charger
Mullen Announces Class 1 EV Sale Through Eco Auto

Mullen announced its partnership with Eco Auto, a national franchise of automotive dealerships, earlier this month.

Mullen Announces Class 1 EV Sale to Eco Auto