Nikola Corporation has secured an innovative electric rate schedule with Arizona Public Service Company (“APS”) that makes possible the accelerated development of hydrogen-based fueling solutions for the transportation industry. By facilitating low-cost production of hydrogen, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s (“ACC”) approval of this rate schedule paves the way for the curtailment of greenhouse gases in the transportation sector, while also providing benefits to key constituents via novel grid-balancing solutions.
Despite the challenges we’ve faced, Arizona is still on the rise and can be compared side by side with the most influential and powerful technology hubs across the nation and even the world. There are many technology sectors that will continue to push Arizona’s explosive growth forward in 2021. What follows Steve Zylstra’s emerging technologies expected to impact Arizona’s technology ecosystem in the coming year and beyond.
What’s the answer to moving people and their freight on an increasing scale? Some of the coming fixes can trace their roots to Arizona. As you’ll see in this issue of TechConnect, moving cargo without a human pilot aboard is just scratching the surface for the future of transportation. Arizona already is part of the solution when it comes to relieving the expected congestion by using the skies and roads in more efficient ways.
With so much talk about individualism when it comes to innovation, it admittedly can take a person back when the conversation shifts to collaboration. This theme came up again and again during the recent podcast “Electrifying: The Future of Transportation and Mobility” sponsored by the Arizona Technology Council and moderated by Karen Nowicki on Phoenix Business RadioX. The featured guests were Andrew Christian, vice president of Business Development and Defense at Nikola Motor Company, and Dominic Papa, vice president of Smart State Initiatives at the Arizona Commerce Authority.
Electric vehicle manufacturers Lucid Motors and Nikola Motor Company plant roots in Arizona with new state-of-the-art facilities and lead the way in the mass production of zero-emission cars and trucks.
Google pledges to be carbon free, Northern Arizona University is awarded $1.5 million grant for climate-change research, Zero Mass Water is now SOURCE Global PBC, Tesla outlines ambition to halve cost of batteries, why Lucid’s CEO thinks the Air will be a success, Footprint is named to FORTUNE’s 2020 Change the World List, and more. Check out the complete update.
While incremental progress has been made in varying degrees across the country, cities and communities continue to face complex challenges, including lack of charging infrastructure for greater adoption of electric vehicles, infrastructure upkeep, population growth and sustainability issues. The 2020 Smart City and IoT Conference provided the perfect opportunity for sharing current advances in the development and implementation of smart cities and IoT in Arizona, across the United States and beyond.
Innovative companies, agencies and cities are playing a significant role in enabling the growth of Arizona’s transportation electrification market and electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. A distinguished panel of experts from the Nikola Motors Company, Silicon Foundry, Exponent and the City of Peoria, Ariz. discussed the economic development benefits and infrastructure challenges of increased adoption of electric vehicles, as well as how the growth of the electrification market and EV-charging infrastructure can play a role in Arizona’s economic recovery plan for the state. Moderated by Dominic Papa, Arizona Commerce Authority’s vice president of Smart State Initiative, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.
Touts the operation as the first greenfield electric-vehicle site in the United States, Lucid Motors is currently building its 720,000-square-foot, electric-vehicle factory. If all goes as planned, a luxurious new battery-electric sedan will roll off its production line by year’s end.
Arizona is fortunate to have an outstanding combination of a pro-technology government, regulations promoting growth and innovation, a low cost of living, a better quality of life and great research universities compared to other traditional tech hubs. These factors make our state a wonderful place to launch a startup, test new technology and grow a business. The influx of innovation is surging, and the nation’s technology industry is paying attention.