Nikola Motor to build hydrogen-electric semi truck factory in Arizona

WCN Editorial Team 1 Feb 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

Nikola Motor Company has selected Buckeye, Arizona, for its hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility.

Nikola Motor designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle (EV) drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems and hydrogen stations.

The 500-acre facility, to be located on the west side of Phoenix, is expected to bring more than $1bn investment to the region by 2024.

Nikola Motor has selected Buckeye due to numerous factors, including the state’s geographic location that provides direct access to major markets.

Development of the one-million ft2 manufacturing plant at Sun Valley Parkway and the future Wintersburg Parkway is expected to begin by the end of 2019.

The site is located close to Douglas Ranch/Trillium, a master planned community being developed by El Dorado Holdings and JDM Partners.

Nikola Motor Company founder and CEO Trevor Milton said: “After 12 months, nine states and 30 site locations, Arizona, Governor Ducey, Sandra Watson and Chris Camacho were the clear frontrunners.

“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.

“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.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said: “Nikola Motor Company’s selection of Arizona demonstrates that we are leading the charge when it comes to attracting innovative, industry-disrupting companies.

“This incredible new technology will revolutionise transportation, and we’re very proud it will be engineered right here in Arizona. I thank Nikola’s CEO Trevor Milton and his entire team for this significant investment in our state.”

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck said: “This is a great day not only for Arizona, but for Buckeye residents. As the seventh fastest-growing city in the country, Nikola Motor Company is a huge asset which will help us achieve our goal of providing a place where Buckeye residents can live, work and play.

“Additionally, I wish to thank our partners, El Dorado Holdings, Inc. and JDM Partners from Douglas Ranch/Trillium, who were instrumental in putting this deal together. I look forward to continued success together.”

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