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Nikola Motor to manufacture hydrogen-electric semi in Arizona

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Nikola Motor Company announced the company has selected Buckeye, Arizona for its Nikola Motor Company hydrogen-electric range-extended semi-truck (earlier post) manufacturing headquarters facility. The new 500-acre, one million square foot facility will be located on the west side of Phoenix and will bring more than $1 billion in capital investment to the region by 2024.

Nikola Motor Company designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems and hydrogen stations. The company has more than 8,000 of its hydrogen fuel cell range-extended electric trucks on preorder.

Development of the one-million square foot manufacturing plant on a 500-acre parcel at Sun Valley Parkway and the future Wintersburg Parkway is projected to begin by the end of 2019. The site is at one of the entrances to Douglas Ranch/Trillium, a new master planned community being developed by El Dorado Holdings and JDM Partners; this community is projected to ultimately be home to more than 300,000 residents.



I'd note that I am highly sceptical about this working out.

Not as bad as the notion of a long range class 8 BEV, but the performance envelope for fuel cells and hydrogen is challenging.

Short range drayage as in the Toyota Class 8 for the Port of Los Angeles, fine, but this sounds very doubtful to me, as well as their notion of supplying all the hydrogen from solar.

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