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Nikola chooses Arizona for hydrogen-truck manufacturing plant

Source: Nikola Motor

Nikola One and Two models to be produced at new facility in Buckeye, outside Phoenix

Nikola Motor, the company behind the Nikola One hydrogen- and battery-powered semi truck, has chosen a site for the manufacturing of its upcoming range.

Buckeye, Arizona will now be home to the company’s production headquarters, with the building of a new 500-acre, one million square foot facility on the west side of Phoenix. According to Nikola, its construction and operation will bring more than US$1 billion in capital investment to the region by 2024. The facility would produce its first trucks by 2021.

“After 12 months, nine states and 30 site locations, Arizona, Governor Ducey, Sandra Watson and Chris Camacho were the clear front runners. Arizona has the workforce to support our growth and a governor that was an entrepreneur himself. They understood what 2,000 jobs would mean to their cities and state,” commented CEO and founder Trevor Milton. “We will begin transferring our R&D and headquarters to Arizona immediately and hope to have the transition completed by October 2018. We have already begun planning the construction for our new zero-emission manufacturing facility in Buckeye, which we expect to have underway by the end of 2019.”

The site will be located on the Sun Valley Parkway and the future Wintersburg Parkway and at one of the entrances to Douglas Ranch/Trillium – a new housing development containing space for up to 300,000 residents.

Nikola said the decision was down to the educated workforce and proximity to key markets, although the Phoenix Business Journal also reports that the company could receive up to US$46 million in tax credits and grants if it can bring in its promised 2,000 jobs, as part of a performance-based state incentive scheme.

Nikola’s hydrogen and battery-powered One and Two models – the latter being a day cab version of the One – feature 320-kWh battery packs 300-kilowatt fuel cells. Late last year the company confirmed that Bosch and PowerCell would be the primary suppliers of fuel cells, and that it would partner with electrolyser manufacturer Nel to set up fuel stations across the US.

Nikola is currently based in Salt Lake City Utah, but has little manufacturing capacity to speak of. Its first 5,000 models will be built with the aid of Tennessee-based partner Fitzgerald Glider Kits, and distributed and serviced via logistics company Ryder. From then, its new Buckeye facility will be brought online to make more.

The company claims to have over 8,000 trucks currently on pre-order.

 

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