Nikola Corporation announced in January it will be relocating its battery manufacturing from Cypress, California, to its Coolidge manufacturing facility by fall 2023 after completing its purchase of lithium-ion battery producer Romeo Power last October.
Nikola said in a press release the Cypress factory will be operational until mid-2023 as the company works to integrate the battery production line into its 395-acre property at Route 87 and Houser Road. Planned automation will be geared toward improving quality and increasing efficiencies. The move will put Nikola’s truck assembly, fuel-cell assembly, fuel-cell module assembly and battery module and pack production at its Coolidge location, where it builds zero-emission, electric- and fuel-cell powered cargo trucks for the regional- and long-haul markets.
“This decision reinforces our commitment to finding ways to optimize our cost structure and create a sustainable business model,” said Michael Lohscheller, Nikola Corporation President and CEO. “We remain focused on meeting our 2023 milestones, including pack and module production targets.” Also in January, Nikola held an event at its Phoenix headquarters to announce a new brand name, HYLA, for its hydrogen energy production, distribution and dispensing products as it begins production of its first commercially available hydrogen-fueled tractor-trailer, the Nikola Tre FCEV. Fifteen are scheduled to be delivered to Napa, California-based Biagi Bros. by the end of this year.
“Hydrogen energy is the catalyst for the HYLA brand and serves as a forward-looking solution for our customers to help them achieve their sustainability goals and dramatically reduce the overall carbon emissions in the transportation sector,” said Carey Mendes, president of Nikola Energy. The HYLA brand will be attached to Nikola’s:
• Hydrogen production, including its Phoenix Hydrogen Hub in Buckeye.
• 60 hydrogen stations planned by 2026, with the first three located in California.
• The flexible mobile fueler program, a fleet of trucks which will bring hydrogen to customers as needed while the hydrogen stations are built out.