Idk who they would partner with but I imagine it would be just for production help as well as maintenance help.This is a good point. They were in "stealth mode" for what seems like an eternity and I don't think they could have waited much longer to reveal. To start production they likely badly needed the investments that they ended getting and also needed the brand name to be out there so people became aware. They have the money and the pre-orders, now they are to the point where they just need to deliver, and the sooner the better.
Who do you see manufacturing their design? Also, wouldn't whoever does agree to manufacture it be adding to the competition of a market that they might want to get into in the near future? Those are both genuine questions, I really haven't given it much thought. Ford has the electric F-150 already in the pipeline and GM seems to be investing in their own EV designs. Toyota looks to be betting on hydrogen so they might be interested considering that is a part of the design of the Badger. I just have trouble seeing how a legacy auto maker will agree to build a car designed by a start-up.