The proposed facility in Mesa will support ElectraMeccanica’s strategic plan to meet anticipated demand for their flagship SOLO electric vehicle. Altogether it will feature both a light vehicle assembly plant along with a state-of-the-art engineering technical center, including multiple labs to support comprehensive research facilities as well as vehicle chassis, battery pack and power electronics testing workshops.
UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries, a leading supplier of precision extruded aluminum automotive components and assemblies, has selected Northern Arizona for its new plant that will manufacture parts for electric vehicles. This significant investment will not only have a positive impact in northern Arizona, it further strengthens the state’s reputation as a hub for electric vehicle manufacturing.
Since the release of the first bike in 2017, Phat Scooters has grown to include seven different models of scooters, including a golf-style scooter to replace the typical golf cart. Phat Scooters has grown so much that it moved last summer into a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Tempe south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The Grand Canyon State ranked No. 25 out of 50 states for creating policies that remove barriers for households and fleet owners to purchase and use electric vehicles, according to a recent report released by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Policies could include offering incentives to buy EVs, adding more charging options and setting lower electric rates at preferred charging times.
The Arizona Technology Council and The Western Way release new report outlining how clean energy has the potential to play a significant role in the post-pandemic economic recovery, the Arizona Corporation Commission elects new department chair, the University of Arizona’s Center for Innovation awarded DoE contract to support clean-energy innovators, General Motors commits to fighting for electric vehicle market share, Lucid Motors on track to begin production of Lucid Air luxury electric sedan, Global Water Resources to provide water to Nikola Motor Company facility, and more.
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.