Nikola’s U.S., Canadian Trucks Will Be Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered


Following Nikola Motor Co.’s recent zero-emissions announcement, the company now says the electric drivetrain used in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be powered by a custom-built, hydrogen-electric 800 V fuel cell.

Nikola says its 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 the company, it will achieve nearly 20 MPG with zero emissions under full load, surpassing all of the government mandates set forth for the next 10 years, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced Phase 2 greenhouse-gas standards.

The company plans to have a nationwide network of over 50 hydrogen stations for customers to begin fueling by 2020.

“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,” says Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Co.

“Nikola will produce hydrogen via zero-emission solar farms built by Nikola Motor Company. These solar farms will produce over 100 MW each and will use electrolysis to create hydrogen from water. Even our manufacturing facilities will be run off of zero-emission hydrogen energy,” Milton adds.

The compressed natural gas turbine version of the Nikola One will be available for other countries where hydrogen is not readily available.

Nikola Motor Co., which designs and manufactures electric vehicles, vehicle components, energy storage systems and electric vehicle drivetrains, says the Nikola One will be unveiled on Dec. 1 in Salt Lake City.

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