In a recent update on its Arizona manufacturing facility, where hydrogen-powered and battery-powered Class 8 semi trucks will be made, Nikola Motor Corporation yesterday (7th Jan) said it has entered into a master utility agreement with Global Water Resources.
Making a comeback from the scandal which hit during the second half of last year, Nikola has said it plans to complete the initial phase of construction at the facility by mid-2021, with the follow-on phases completed within the next 12-18 months.
“We are excited to take this next important step with Global Water Resources, who has a reputation as a strong water resource manager and provider for the region,” commented Mark Russell, CEO of Nikola.
“Our goal for this manufacturing site is to design it with the smallest environmental footprint possible, while making the highest quality products for our customers. Our engagement of Global Water reflects a shared commitment to a sustainable future for Arizona and beyond.”
Global Water plans to submit the regulatory filing for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CC&N) permit in the first quarter of 2021. The permit would establish Global Water as the exclusive provider of water, wastewater and recycled water services to the facility.
“The close proximity of the Nikola site to our new service area makes it a logical extension of our regional footprint,” stated Global Water Resources President and CEO, Ron Fleming. “Nikola and others in the region will benefit from our proactive approach to utility management, which includes our award-winning Total Water Management.”
“As one of the first major manufacturers to locate to Inland Port Arizona, we expect their development to stimulate commercial and residential growth in our surrounding service area,” added Fleming. “Based upon Nikola’s schedule, we expect to begin servicing the manufacturing site in 2021.”