Nikola makes significant progress on hydrogen-fueled semi and fueling network
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2019 ACES Award Winner in Electrification | Heavy Trucks
Nikola Motor Co. had a very productive year developing its hydrogen-electric heavy trucks and planning for a successful market introduction in 2020. According to CEO Trevor Milton, in 2018 the company kicked-off plans to build the largest hydrogen network in the world with NEL; secured a massive 800-truck order commitment from Anheuser-Busch; developed the most energy-dense battery system on the market at almost 400 W·h/L; engineered a 240-kW fuel cell; kicked-off electric vehicle stability controls and electric ABS with WABCO; designed a thermo-management and HVAC system with Mahle; finalized the most advanced Class-8 independent suspension on the market with Meritor; relocated the company to a new 150,000-square-foot headquarters in AZ; and closed on $100,000,000 of funding in August.
As an encore, Nikola gave a sneak peek of a prototype for a European market truck called the TRE (or "Three" in Norwegian, for the third truck in its range) that can now be ordered at www.nikolamotor.com. Milton says the Tre 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.
The Tre, planned for production in the 2022-2023 timeframe, has similar specs to other Nikola trucks. The One and Two have 500 to 1000 hp (370 to 745 kW), up to 2000 lb·ft (2710 N·m) of torque, a 500-1200 km (310-745 mi) range (depending on options selected), and a fill-up time given as 20 min. However, the Tre will offer 6x4 and 6x2 setups and will fit within the current size and length restrictions for Europe. To date, the company has nearly $11 billion in pre-order reservations.
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