Nikola Corporation has stated that it would relocate its battery manufacturing from Cypress, California to Coolidge, Arizona. The relocation, which is expected to be completed in early Q3, consolidates Nikola’s truck assembly, fuel cell power module assembly, and battery module and pack manufacturing under one roof, and incorporates battery line automation aimed at enhancing quality and increasing efficiency.
The business expects to keep manufacturing activities in Cypress running until the end of the second quarter of 2023, while bringing production capabilities in Coolidge online and working through a rigorous transition plan to avoid manufacturing interruptions.
“This decision reinforces our commitment to finding ways to optimise 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.”
A separate battery engineering presence is scheduled to remain in California to work on the development of Nikola’s next generation battery management system software and components.