Nel ASA has received a $5.5m purchase order from Nikola Motor Company, as part of a previously announced hydrogen (H2) stations.

“We are very proud to announce that we have received an additional order from Nikola related to the electrolser and fuelling solution for their prototype trucks. The order marks a strengthening of our partnership and is a recognition of the level of competence our team and H2 solutions can offer. We look forward to supplying the demo stations, which will lay the groundwork for the world’s largest, most efficient network of low-cost H2 production and fuelling sites,” says Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel.

Back in November 2017, Nikola and Nel announced an exclusive partnership and a purchase order for two so-called demo H2 refuelling stations for Nikola’s fleet of prototype H2 trucks. The partnership aims at developing low-cost, renewable H2 production and fuelling sites for the potential development of 14 large-scale sites, however, Nikola and Nel are now evaluating if the initial station number should be doubled to 28 stations.

“The Nikola H2 electric semi-trucks will begin testing with fleets in 2019 and begin full production in 2021. One of the most respected brands in America just signed an order with Nikola to convert 100% of their fleet over to Nikola trucks. This will require an additional 28 more stations to go up to support those efforts on top of the existing Nel purchase order. Nel has been a great partner to work with and we are excited to begin replacing diesels in America with zero emission trucks. The future for zero emission trucks has never been brighter,” says Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola.

The additional purchase order has a value of $5.5m, bringing the total value for the demo stations to approximately $9m, with delivery in the second half of 2018 and into 2019.