Editorial: Electric vehicle makers aren’t choosing Arizona by accident; let’s keep it that way

By Arizona Sen. Thomas “TJ” Shope | Phoenix Business Journal (Photo via Shope Twitter)

Arizona has long been a favored location for advanced manufacturing, with tech companies like Boeing, Intel, Footprint and others manufacturing everything from medical devices and space vehicles to semiconductors and plant-based materials here. In the past few years, Arizona has begun to attract a new and important category of manufacturers — those in the advanced vehicle industry — as companies including ChargePoint, Waymo, Lucid Motors, and Nikola Corp. have set up operations. These companies are developing and manufacturing products in Arizona that represent innovative technological breakthroughs that are changing the world, and they are creating tens of thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs here at home.

The recent announcements by Electrica Meccanica, a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, and UACJ Automotive Whitehall, which manufactures electric vehicle components, to bring their operations to Arizona cements this state as a hub of next generation transportation innovation and manufacturing. As Gov. Ducey pointed out, “Arizona has fast become the electric vehicle center of America thanks to our robust and growing workforce, vibrant innovation ecosystem, and ideal business environment.”

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