Nikola breaks ground on $600m manufacturing facility in Arizona, US

WCN Editorial Team 27 Jul 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Nikola Corporation, a US-based zero-emissions vehicle production company, has broken ground on a manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona that will entail an investment of about $600m.

To be built on an approximately 430-acre parcel, the one-million-square-foot facility will feature advanced technology to boost connectivity 24/7 throughout the building and equipment to optimise overall production.

The Factory 4.0 manufacturing facility, located off US Highway 87 at east Houser Rd and Vail Rd, will manufacture the hydrogen-electric trucks Nikola Tre and Nikola Two.

At full-capacity running two shifts, the facility can produce nearly 35,000 units per annum.

Nikola founder and executive chairman Trevor Milton said: “We started in our basement six years ago and now we are kicking off this one-million-square-foot manufacturing facility.

“The residents of Coolidge will be a huge part of the Nikola story and without the help of Governor Ducey and the Arizona economic development teams, this project would not have been possible in Arizona.

“These next 12-months will be even more exciting as we see this facility go up and as we add more Arizonans to the Nikola team.”

Construction on the initial phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in late 2021 with the second phase is set to be finished within the next 12-18 months.

The company along with its partner IVECO will manufacture the first Nikola Tre trucks in Ulm, Germany, followed by the Coolidge facility in Arizona.

Nikola finalised Coolidge for its industrial infrastructure within the region after an 18-month site search of several locations around the US.

Nikola global head of manufacturing Mark Duchesne said: “The reason our company exists is in support of a sustainable future so everything we do in our manufacturing process and our building site will be done to ensure the smallest environmental footprint possible while making the highest quality, high tech products that will impact the sustainability of the planet.”

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Officials during the ground-breaking ceremony of Nikola’s $600m manufacturing facility. (Credit: Nikola Corporation)

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