“This has been an incredible journey for Nikola Corporation. We started in our basement six years ago, and now we are kicking off this one-million-square-foot manufacturing facility,” said executive chairman and Nikola’s founder, Trevor Milton.
Nikola Corporation, designer and manufacturer of zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and big rigs, is all set to install a one-million square feet manufacturing facility on a 430-acre parcel of land in Coolidge, Arizona. Milton announced the news on Twitter and ensured everyone that the event was conducted by following the on-going pandemic guidelines. At the official ground-breaking ceremony, various executives of Nikola Corporation were present. This plant is the first US-based plant of Nikola Corporation, where they intend to manufacture battery-powered trucks by next year and hydrogen-fuelled lorries by 2023.
The guest list for the celebration included founder and executive chairman Trevor Milton, Mark Russell, CEO, and Mark Duchesne, global head of manufacturing. Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson, along with business leaders Chris Camacho, CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Jackob Andersen, CEO of Saint Holding, was also a part of this event. President and Chief Executive Officer of Arizona Commerce Authority, Sandra Watson, joined the ceremony via video call.
Nikola Corporation has invested $600 million (USD) in the Coolidge manufacturing plant. The first phase of the plant’s construction is planned to be completed by 2021, followed by a timeline of 12-18 months for the completion of the second phase. The plant is expected to manufacture 35,000 units annually, running in two shifts. “The first Nikola Tre trucks will be produced in Ulm, Germany with partner IVECO, followed shortly after by our Coolidge facility,” as per the statements in the company’s official press release. Nikola’s Badger will also be manufactured in the Coolidge plant.
“After an 18-month national site search of various locations around the United States, led by Tom Stringer at BDO and Saint Holdings, Nikola selected Coolidge for its outstanding industrial infrastructure within the region.” Nikola on stating the reason for selecting Coolidge as their first US-based manufacturing unit, “the tireless support of the state, county, and city, as well as the breadth of talent, year-round sunshine conducive to renewable energy, and the infrastructure available to scale with the ambitious plans and growth trajectory Nikola has set forth.”
The installation of the plant will create a pool of new opportunities for the people of Arizona. The proximity of the plant with the University of Arizona and Arizona State University will be helpful for the organization in the process of hiring new employees.
The company is also designing and building a network of hydrogen fueling stations, which as per Milton, is an essential initial step to the long journey of sustainable development. Mark Duchesne, Nikola global head of manufacturing said that “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.”