In response to widespread interest from European customers, US-headed Nikola Motor Company (NMC), a privately held specialist designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles (EV), vehicle components, energy storage has created a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets. Guests at Nikola World April 16-17, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona (AZ) will be able to view a prototype display of the Nikola Tre, along with other new zero-emission products from Nikola including the production intent Nikola Two.
The Nikola Tre has 500 to 1 000 HP, 6×4 or 6×2 configurations and a range of 500 to 1 200 km kilometers 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.
This truck is a real stunner and long overdue for Europe. 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 hydrogen 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, said Nikola Motor Company Founder and CEO Trevor Milton.
Nikola is also in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility. Nikola is currently working with Norway-headed Nel Hydrogen to provide hydrogen stations for the United States (US).
Nel has been good to work with for our USA 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, CFO, Nikola Motor Company.
By 2028, Nikola is planning on having more than 700 hydrogen stations across North America. Each station is capable of 2 to 8 tonnes of daily hydrogen production. Nikola’s European stations are planned to come online around 2022 and are projected to cover most of the European market by 2030.
To date, the company says that it has approximately US$11 billion in pre-order reservations.