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Nikola Motor to build $1bn hydrogen-electric truck manufacturing plant in Arizona

ABR Staff Writer Published 31 January 2018

Nikola Motor has selected Buckeye, located in the US state of Arizona, to build a hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility.

Palnned to be situated on the west side of Phoenix, the new 500 acre, one million ft² facility will bring over $1bn of capital investment by 2024.

The manufacturing facility is expected to create more than 2,000 local jobs.

The plant's development on a 500-acre parcel at Sun Valley Parkway and the future Wintersburg Parkway is expected to start by the end of 2019.

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

The company said it is bringing the most advanced semi-trucks to the US market with more than 8,000 trucks on preorder

Nikola Motor Company CEO and founder Trevor Milton said: “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.

“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 revolutionize 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.”

In December 2017, WABCO Holdings, a global supplier of technologies and services that enhance the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, has made a $10m investment in Nikola Motor.

WABCO and Nikola have also signed an agreement to speed up the development of safety technologies particularly designed for electric commercial vehicles, including electronic braking systems, as well as traction and stability control technologies.

Nikola aims to start testing its zero emission trucks with commercial vehicle fleets in late 2018 and launch full production in 2021.

Image: Nikola Motor’s officials along with Arizona Governor Ducey at the press event. Photo: Courtesy of Nikola Corporation.