Nikola sets deadlines for its hydrogen-powered trucks | Digital Trends Spanish

The US company Nikola revealed details of its hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial truck program, which will include vehicles that will be able to reach a range of up to 900 miles (1,450 kilometers).

The line for the US market includes a variant of the electric Nikola Tre Cabover and the Nikola Two Sleeper, both powered by hydrogen fuel batteries (FCEVs).

Nikola said the Tre FCEV Cabover is designed for distances up to 500 miles (800 kilometers), while the Sleeper would allow a continuous range of up to 900 miles.

The Tre Cabover with Battery Electric (BEV) offers a range of 300 miles (482 kilometers).

In this way, the company’s commercial truck portfolio will consider the following variants:

  • Nikola Tre BEV Cabover for trips up to 300 miles.
  • Nikola Tre FCEV for rapid refueling needs up to 500 miles.
  • Nikola Two FCEV Sleeper for longer range tasks up to 900 miles

Construction of the first prototype of the Tre FCEV will begin in the second quarter of 2021, while testing and validation will continue until 2022, the company said. He added that production is planned to start in the second half of 2023.

Meanwhile, the development of the Two FCEV will begin a little later and its market launch is scheduled for 2024.

The production schedule for Nikola's hydrogen fuel cell trucks
The production schedule for Nikola’s hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

Hydrogen fuel cells

As Nikola explained, the Tre FCEV will take advantage of the Tre BEV platform, but will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells.

The new trucks are expected to use multiple common fuel cell power modules and scalable hydrogen storage systems, both of which are still under development, the company said.

“To accelerate the transition to a carbon-free future, the trucking industry needs high-strength, zero-emission commercial vehicles designed to match the weight and reach capabilities of today’s diesel trucks,” said Jason Roycht, global director of Nikola’s FCEV.

“The use of common components and systems for hydrogen propulsion will support greater economies of scale and also allow Nikola to continually expand and adapt our portfolio of FCEV trucks to address the diverse requirements of commercial transportation,” he added.

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