(WKBN) – General Motors has announced a partnership with Nikola Motor Company to use the Ultium battery system, which is slated to be produced in Lordstown.
According to a release, GM will engineer and build Nikola’s Badger truck, a consumer pickup truck.
The $2 billion partnership gives GM 11% ownership stake.
Nikola had been concentrating on semi-trucks using batteries or hydrogen fuel cells.
State Sen. Sean O’Brien said the announcement could be good for the local workforce.
“I think it’s a good announcement in the fact that it will be more jobs, more need for the battery plant to produce more batteries, which always means more jobs, so that’s a good thing,” he said.
Production on the Badger is expected to start toward the end of 2022. No word yet on where it will be built.
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