Nikola Motor Company has created a hydrogen (H2)-electric truck for European markets in response to widespread interest from European customers.
The Nikola Tre has 500 to 1,000 HP, 6x4 or 6x2 configurations and a range of 500 to 1,200 kilometres depending on options. The Tre will fit within the current size and length restrictions for Europe.
European testing is projected to begin in Norway around 2020. Nikola is also in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility.
“This truck is a real stunner and long overdue for Europe,” said Nikola Motor Company Founder and CEO Trevor Milton. “It will be the first European zero-emission commercial truck to be delivered with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800Vdc batteries and a redundant 120 kW H2 fuel cell, all necessary for true level 5 autonomy. Expect our production to begin around the same time as our USA version in 2022-2023.”
Nikola is currently working with Nel Hydrogen of Oslo to provide H2 stations for the US.
“Nel has been good to work with for our US station design and rollout. We will work with Nel to secure resources for our European growth strategy. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but with the right partners, we can accomplish it,” said Kim Brady, Nikola Motor Company CFO.
By 2028, Nikola is planning on having more than 700 H2 stations across the US and Canada. Each station is capable of 2,000 to 8,000 kgs of daily H2 production. Nikola’s European stations are planned to come online around 2022 and are projected to cover most of the European market by 2030.