Native Motors, maker of Rally Fighter, reportedly shuts down

Native Motors is shutting down operations, in response to a report from The Drive that was printed on Thursday and factors to a scarcity of funding as the explanation for the corporate’s termination.

The report cites an nameless supply accustomed to the matter, however notes that a number of staff have publicly mentioned the corporate’s alleged plans to stop operations. One among them is Chris Stoner, a former Native Motors vice chairman of gross sales and buyer success, who posted on LinkedIn this week that the corporate “will stop to exist as of January 14.”

Arizona-based Native Motors gained notoriety early final decade with the Rally Fighter, an off-roader designed with crowd-sourced enter. Along with serving to design the automobile, clients had been invited to assist assemble their vehicles at Native Motors’ services.

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The Rally Fighter garnered some consideration, even showing in a “Quick and Livid” film and the “Forza” video-game collection, earlier than manufacturing ceased in 2016. Native Motors additionally launched the Strati, an electrical automobile with a 3D-printed physique, though it is unclear what number of had been truly made.

Native Motors subsequently shifted to autonomous automobiles as a part of a reorganization that noticed the unique firm change into a part of an umbrella entity referred to as LM Industries. The corporate launched a low-speed autonomous shuttle referred to as the Olli and started public demonstrations. In December 2021, one of many automobiles collided with a tree, critically injuring its attendant. Native Motors’ closure is just not associated to the crash, in response to the report.

Underpinning Native Motors’ varied automobile tasks was the idea of small, decentralized “microfactories” as an alternative choice to conventional manufacturing infrastructure. Whereas Native Motors might not get the possibility to completely implement that concept, startup Arrival plans to make use of an analogous mannequin for electrical buses, supply vans, and ride-share automobiles.

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