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Nikola reveals battery with record energy density of 1,100 watt-hours per kg

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PHOENIX — Nikola Corp. Tuesday released details of its new battery that has a record energy density of 1,100 watt-hours per kg on the material level and 500 watt-hours per kg on the production cell level.

The Nikola prototype cell is the first battery that removes binder material and current collectors, enabling more energy storage within the cell, according to Nikola Motor Co. CEO Trevor Milton. It is also expected to pass nail penetration standards, thus reducing potential vehicle fires, he said.

“This battery technology could increase the range of current EV passenger cars from 300 miles up to 600 miles with little or no increase to battery size and weight,” he said. “The technology is also designed to operate in existing vehicle conditions. Moreover, cycling the cells over 2,000 times has shown acceptable end-of-life performance.”

Milton said Nikola’s new cell technology is environmentally friendly and easy to recycle. While conventional lithium-ion cells contain elements that are toxic and expensive, the new technology will have a positive impact on the earth’s resources, landfills and recycling plants.

This month, Nikola entered into a letter of intent to acquire a world-class battery engineering team to help bring the new battery to pre-production. Through this acquisition, Nikola will add 15 PhDs and five master’s degree team members. Because of confidentiality and security reasons, additional details of the acquisition will not be disclosed until Nikola World 2020, the dates of which have not been chosen.

“This is the biggest advancement we have seen in the battery world,” Milton said. “We are not talking about small improvements; we are talking about doubling your cell phone battery capacity. We are talking about doubling the range of BEVs and hydrogen-electric vehicles around the world.

“Nikola is in discussions with customers for truck orders that could fill production slots for more than 10 years and propel Nikola to become the top truck manufacturer in the world in terms of revenue. Now the question is why not share it with the world?” Milton said.

Nikola will show the batteries charging and discharging in front of the crowd at Nikola World expected to be held in the fall of 2020.

Milton listed some key points surrounding the announcement:

  • Nikola’s battery electric trucks could now drive 800 miles fully loaded between charges.
  • Nikola trucks could weigh 5,000 pounds less than the competition if same battery size was kept.
  • Nikola’s hydrogen-electric fuel cell trucks could surpass 1,000 miles between stops and top off in 15 minutes.
  • There will be an energy density up to 1,100 watt-hours per kg on a material level and 500 watt-hours per kg on a production cell level including casing, terminals and separator, more than double current lithium-ion battery cells
  • It can be cycled over 2,000 times with acceptable end-of-life performance.
  • There is a 40% reduction in weight compared to lithium-ion cells.
  • There is a 50% material cost reduction per kWh compared to lithium-ion batteries.

Because of the impact this technology will have on society and emissions, Nikola has taken an unprecedented position to share the IP with all other OEM’s, even competitors, that contribute to the Nikola IP license and new consortium.

OEMs or other partners can email batteries@nikolamotor.com for more information.

Nikola Corp. designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen stations. The company is privately held and headquartered in Arizona.

For more information, visit www.nikolamotor.com.

 

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Yokohama says latest regional-haul trailer tire ready for duty

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The 16/32-inch deep groove depth provides extra-long tread life. Also, Yokohama’s zero-degree belt – a cornerstone to its highly durable and retreadable casing – creates a consistently stable footprint for long, even wear. (Courtesy: YOKOHAMA TIRE CORP.)

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire’s latest regional-haul trailer tire, the 114R Ultra Wide-Base (UWB), is ready for duty.

The SmartWay-verified 114R – the successor to RY407 – is available now in size 445/50R22.5. An additional size – 455/50/22.5 – will be offered in the first quarter of 2020.

“The 114R UWB is specifically designed to meet the demands of high-scrub operations,” said Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s senior manager of commercial and OTR product planning. “It features superior cut and chip resistance, extended tread life and is optimized for fuel efficiency.”

Other benefits of the 114R as listed by Clauer include:

  • Long-lasting performance: The 16/32-inch deep groove depth provides extra-long tread life. Also, Yokohama’s zero-degree belt – a cornerstone to its highly durable and retreadable casing – creates a consistently stable footprint for long, even wear.
  • Durable construction: Yokohama’s advanced compound offers cut and chip resistance without sacrificing rolling resistance or wear performance. Plus, funnel-shaped step grooves prevent stones and other debris from reaching the bottom of the grooves, where casing damage can often occur.
  • Outstanding fuel-efficiency: Ground contact pressure is uniformly distributed, which results in greater stability, flawless tracking and improved fuel efficiency.

For more details on the 114R and all of Yokohama’s commercial tires, visit www.yokohamatruck.com.

 

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Do you bling out your rig for the holidays? If so, send us a video!

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‘Tis The Season!

Do you deck out your ride for the holidays?  If so, please send us a picture or video to rigoftheweek@thetrucker.com

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Advantage PressurePro releases Fleet TPMS consumer app

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Featuring 24/7 tire monitoring, five unique pressure/temperature alerts and local notifications for maximized coverage and safety, Fleet TPMS also offers fully configurable layouts and vehicle naming and storage. (Courtesy: PRESSUREPRO

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Advantage PressurePro Thursday released its Fleet TPMS app.

Leveraging PressurePro’s FX technology, and building upon its previously released and feature-rich consumer app, the launch of Fleet TPMS empowers fleet users to deliver real time tire performance monitoring for drivers and haulers of many types direct to existing smart devices, according to Edward Lutski, PressurePro’s director of technology.

Additionally, the launch of Fleet TPMS also enables a critical link for fleets to PressurePro’s Connect tire management platform, unleashing unmatched visibility and control of your tire management practices, he said.

Featuring 24/7 tire monitoring, five unique pressure/temperature alerts and local notifications for maximized coverage and safety, Fleet TPMS also offers fully configurable layouts and vehicle naming and storage, enabling complete customization and easy toggling between multiple trailers/units. Further, a rolling performance history log enables users to gain immediate access to recent tire performance data.

“While a powerful monitoring tool on its own, Fleet TPMS becomes even stronger when used as a link to provide data flow through our comprehensive software platform Connect,” Lutsko said. “When combined, customers unlock advanced monitoring tools to gain detailed and actionable tire performance insights across their entire fleet, giving them unmatched control of their tire management practices.”

When paired with PressurePro Connect, users also unlock email alerting capabilities, exportable tire performance history, automated tire performance trend analysis, and an easy to use dashboard that features prioritized data and actionable items, Lutsko said.

“As we have for the last 28 years, PressurePro continues to push the innovation of our market to provide maximized safety and savings for to every road our customers travel,” said Jason Zaroor, PressurePro’s president and CEO. “With the release of Fleet TPMS, and especially when paired with our Connect platform, we’re now able to provide a cost effective solution that provides complete visibility of ever tire in your fleet; in-cab to drivers, in the field to managers or to your office for controllers.”

Learn more about their full line of stand-alone and integrated TPMS options at www.pressurepro.us.  8

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