Nikola Motor Company has created a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets. The Nikola Tre, which means “three” in Norwegian, has 500 to 1,000 HP, 6x4 or 6x2 configurations, and a range of 500 to 1200 km (310 to 745 mi), depending on options. The Tre will fit within the current size and length restrictions for Europe.
“This truck is a real stunner and long overdue for Europe,” said Nikola Motor Company founder and CEO Trevor Milton. “It will be the first European zero-emission commercial truck to be delivered with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800 V dc batteries, and a redundant 120 kW hydrogen fuel cell, all necessary for true Level 5 autonomy. Expect our production to begin around the same time as our USA version in 2022-2023.”
European testing is projected to begin in Norway around 2020. Nikola is also in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility.
Nikola is working with Nel Hydrogen of Oslo to provide hydrogen stations for the U.S. “Nel has been good to work with for our USA station design and rollout. We will work with Nel to secure resources for our European growth strategy. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but with the right partners, we can accomplish it,” said Kim Brady, Nikola Motor Company CFO.
By 2028, Nikola is planning on having more than 700 hydrogen stations across the U.S. and Canada. Each station is designed to be capable of 2000 to 8000 kg of daily hydrogen production. Nikola’s European stations are planned to come online around 2022 and are projected to cover most of the European market by 2030.
The company says that reservations for the Nikola Tre are now open at www.nikolamotor.com/tre. To date, the company has approximately eleven billion dollars in pre-order reservations.