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June 12, 2018 4:30 PM, EDT

Nikola Motor Co. Launches Hiring Drive

Nikola One (Nikola Motor Co.)

Nikola Motor Co. is starting the hiring process to staff its new Arizona research and development center, slated to open in November. The company is working to commercialize the first hydrogen-electric semi-truck, along with the accompanying hydrogen infrastructure. It has over 10,000 orders for its truck.

“We want the world’s top talent in vehicle electrification, fuel cell development, hydrogen storage and hydrogen fueling to apply for these premium positions,” said Trevor Milton, CEO and founder of Nikola. “It is rare you get in on the ground floor of one of the most innovative companies in America.”

The center will be housed in a 150,000-square-foot facility on 13 acres and include battery testers, climate chambers, fuel cell chambers and all-wheel-drive dyno laboratories, according to the Salt Lake City-based company.

Nikola is currently in the planning phase for its 500-acre, 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Buckeye, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb.