Nikola shares rise after firm reconfirms technique following founder Trevor Milton’s resignation
Supply: Nikola Motor Firm
The corporate mentioned it “stays dedicated to attaining” a set of milestones beforehand outlined regardless of Milton’s exit amid claims of fraud involving the corporate which have reportedly led to investigations by the Securities and Alternate Fee and Division of Justice.
“With assist from our enterprise companions and suppliers, we’re centered on executing on our strategic initiatives and laying the groundwork to turn into a vertically built-in zero-emissions transportation options supplier,” the corporate mentioned in a press launch.
Close to-term targets embody testing its Nikola Tre semitrucks in Europe by the top of this yr, adopted by manufacturing within the fourth quarter of subsequent yr in addition to saying a companion for its hydrogen station community. The corporate additionally mentioned manufacturing of a plant in Arizona stays on monitor to start manufacturing in 2022, adopted by extra building of the ability in 2023.
The corporate didn’t point out plans for its Nikola Badger pickup, which was anticipated to be produced by Common Motors starting in 2022. Nikola spokeswoman Colleen Robar mentioned the corporate didn’t embody the automobile as a result of executives stay in energetic negotiations with GM on the $2 billion deal.
The Nikola-GM settlement was anticipated to shut by Tuesday, which marked three weeks from when the partnership was introduced on Sept. 8. However the negotiations have grown extra sophisticated following Milton’s resignation amid allegations of fraud and, extra just lately, sexual abuse.
Two ladies, as first reported by CNBC, have now filed sexual assault claims with Utah authorities towards Milton. Each allegations had been greater than 15 years previous however contain a cousin and an workplace assistant when each had been 15 years previous. Milton’s cousin Aubrey Ferrin Smith mentioned he assaulted her in 1999 when he was 17 whereas the opposite lady says her alleged assault befell in 2004 when he was 22. CNBC would not determine the victims of sexual assault until the sufferer chooses to publicly launch their title.
Shares of Nikola are down greater than 60% because the deal, which included GM taking an 11% stake within the firm, was introduced.