Hybrid truck design company Nikola Motor Company has hired Jesse Schneider as Vice-President of hydrogen (H2) and fuel cell technologies.

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Source: Nikola Motor Company

A noted H2 and fuel cell expert, Schneider is an automotive industry veteran who spent most of his career working for BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Having spent nearly 20 years in vehicle electrification, fuel cells, electric and H2 infrastructure and tanks at automakers in Germany, the US and China, Schneider also organised the worldwide standardisation for electric and fuel cell vehicle infrastructure.

At Nikola, he will spearhead e­fforts with the Fuel Cell R&D Division working with Bosch in Germany and the H2 fuelling technology team for the Nikola stations with Nel Hydrogen in Norway. Schneider will also lead the development of the Nikola R&D Centre in Phoenix.

“As we prepare for production testing, durability and manufacturing, it was necessary to hire one of the top fuel cell pioneers in the world,” said Trevor Milton, CEO at Nikola Motor Company. “Jesse will be a great asset to our team. We are excited to introduce industry veterans into our company structure to help prepare for the manufacturing rollout. Mr. Schneider will be a huge asset to Nikola and is welcomed to the Nikola family.”

Nikola Motor is completing a 150,000 square-foot R&D facility in Phoenix where the company will relocate by 1st August. Once in Arizona, the company intends to begin development on the one million square-foot assembly plant in Buckeye, a Phoenix suburb. The project will result in $1bn in capital investment in the area by 2024, plus 2,000 workers hired to manufacture zero-emission H2-electric semi-trucks.