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Nikola truck to be powered by hydrogen-electric 800V fuel cell


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Nikola’s hydrogen class 8 trucks will be more powerful than any other production diesel truck on the road and have a range of over 1,200 miles between fill-ups, a company official said.
Nikola’s hydrogen class 8 trucks will be more powerful than any other production diesel truck on the road and have a range of over 1,200 miles between fill-ups, a company official said.

SALT LAKE CITY — Nikola Motor Co. recently announced that it achieved zero emissions with its electric-powered drivetrain.

At that time, details about how Nikola achieved zero emissions were kept confidential pending finalization of key supplier agreements.

Today, Nikola is announcing that the electric drivetrain used in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be powered by a custom-built hydrogen-electric 800V fuel cell.

Nikola’s hydrogen class 8 trucks will be more powerful than any other production diesel truck on the road and have a range of over 1,200 miles between fill-ups, according to CEO Trevor Milton.

It will achieve nearly 20 mpg with zero emissions under full load, surpassing all the government mandates set forth for the next 10 years, including the EPA’s recently announced Phase 2 GHG standards, he said.

“The desire to be 100 percent emission free in the U.S. and Canada is a critical piece of our long-term engineering and environmental efforts, not just in vehicle energy consumption, but also in how energy is produced,” he said.

Nikola will produce hydrogen via zero emission solar farms built by Nikola Motor Co.

These solar farms will produce over 100 megawatts each and will use electrolysis to create hydrogen from water, Milton said, adding that even the manufacturing facilities will be run off of zero emission hydrogen energy.

 “Nikola plans to have a nationwide network of over 50 hydrogen stations for customers to begin fueling by 2020. This will make Nikola the first company in the world to be 100 percent emission-free from energy production to transportation to consumption. Say goodbye to the days of dirty diesels and after treatment in the heavy duty Class 8 market,” Milton said.

More information will be announced about Nikola’s nationwide sales, service and warranty network in the coming weeks.

Please see Nikola’s website for more information on the location of the future hydrogen stations. The CNG turbine version of the Nikola ONE will be available for other countries where hydrogen is not readily available.

The Nikola One will be unveiled on December 1 in Salt Lake City.

Milton said Nikola passed three billion dollars in pre-orders since it began taking reservations in

For complete product details on the Nikola One, visit www.nikolamotor.com.

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