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Nikola Unveils its 1,000-hp Hydrogen-electric Class 8 Truck

December 5, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, Image, News, Technology
Nikola Unveils its 1,000-horsepower Hydrogen-electric Class 8 Truck

Nikola Motor Co. unveiled its highly anticipated Nikola One electric semi-truck at an invite-only event late week at its Salt Lake City headquarters. The Nikola One utilizes a fully electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries.

Energy will be supplied on-the-go by a hydrogen fuel cell giving the Nikola One a range of 800 to 1,200 miles while delivering more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 pounds-feet of torque — nearly double that of any semi-truck on the road.

Earlier press releases from Nikola claim the hydrogen-powered electric semi-truck will be able to achieve between 15 and 20 mpg with zero emissions under full load. The company said this performance surpasses all government mandates in place for the next decade, including the EPA’s recently announced stringent Phase 2 greenhouse gas standards.

The Nikola One leasing program will include unlimited hydrogen fuel, warranty and scheduled maintenance during a 72-month term. To date, Nikola Motor Co. said it has accepted reservations totaling nearly $3 billion in future orders.

“Nikola will build a world-class advanced manufacturing facility that will create thousands of new jobs,” said Trevor Milton, Nikola’s founder and CEO. Nikola is currently in discussions with several states to decide with whom to partner in its effort to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels, advance green energy and revolutionize the trucking industry. The location of the Nikola Motor manufacturing facility will be determined in the first half of 2017.

At the launch event, Milton also unveiled Nikola’s plan for a network of Nikola hydrogen fueling stations across the US and Canada. Nikola plans to begin construction of its hydrogen fueling stations in January 2018.

At the unveiling, Nikola announced that Ryder System Inc. would be its exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider. Ryder has a network of more than 800 service locations in North America today.

“We are extremely excited to finally show off the Nikola One to the public for the first time,” said Milton. “There are many out there who wondered if we would deliver, but today we proudly show off the most advanced semi-truck ever built. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have one of the best brands in America, Ryder, as our trusted partner providing nationwide sales, service and warranty for Nikola Motor Co.”

Commenting on the new strategic partnership, Ryder’s President of Global Fleet Management Solutions, Dennis Cooke said, “We commend Nikola for its leadership in zero emission vehicles, and for its decision to partner with Ryder as their exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider. This relationship is key to expanding our advanced vehicle technology portfolio of innovative solutions. Ryder continually monitors emerging fleet technologies and seeks to establish relationships with companies that are leading innovation within the commercial transportation industry.”

In addition to Ryder System’s national coverage, Thompson Machinery, a Caterpillar dealer and an early investor in Nikola Motor Co., will also offer sales and service in Tennessee and Mississippi.