Nikola Picks Factory Site

By Chad Elmore30 January 2018

Nikola Motor Co. and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that the company has selected Buckeye, Ariz., for the Nikola hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing and headquarters facility.

The new 500 acre, 1 million sq.ft. facility will be located on the west side of Phoenix and is expected to bring more than $1 billion in capital investment to the region by 2024.

“Arizona has the workforce to support our growth and a governor that was an entrepreneur himself. They understood what 2000 jobs would mean to their cities and state,” said Trevor Milton, CEO and founder, Nikola Motor Co.

The company said the search included nine states and 30 site locations over the course of 12 months.

“We will begin transferring our R&D and headquarters to Arizona immediately and hope to have the transition completed by October 2018,” said Milton. “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.”

Nikola designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems and hydrogen stations. The company said it has 8000 trucks on preorder.

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