Nikola announced the intention to move battery production from the current site located in Cypress, California, to the company’s manufacturing HQs in Coolidge, Arizona. The decision taken by the U.S.-based manufacturer is a consequence of the recent acquisition of Romeo Power, specializing in batteries and electrification activities for EVs and headquartered in California.
Nikola: battery and truck production under one roof
The move should be completed by early Q3, 2023, brings Nikola’s truck assembly, fuel cell power module assembly, and battery module and pack production under one roof and includes battery line automation geared toward improving quality and increasing efficiencies.
Nikola also communicated that a battery engineering presence is expected to remain in California at a separate facility to focus on the development of Nikola’s next generation battery management system software and modules.
“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.”