CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress Enterprises, a provider of transportation services throughout North America, said Thursday the company is one of the first and the largest truckload carriers to order the Nikola One.
The company expects the innovative zero-emission, hydrogen-electric Class 8 truck will be a part of its fleet when the Nikola Motor Co. starts production in 2020.
This move is the latest example of how U.S. Xpress continues to raise the bar on how carriers can embrace green, sustainable solutions as a tool to benefit their drivers and help protect the environment, according to Max Fuller, chairman and CEO.
Nikola premiered the Nikola One in an event at Las Vegas December 1 with a tractor emblazoned with the U.S. Xpress logo.
“Much like our recent collaboration with Freightliner and its next-generation Cascadia semi-truck, the Nikola One is another example of how U.S. Xpress continues to work closely with its manufacturers to identify opportunities where cutting-edge technologies and the latest advancements in clean fuels can be used to conserve more energy, lower gas emissions and reduce the overall carbon footprint of our fleet,” Fuller said. “From our very first day on the road, U.S. Xpress has been committed to being a leader in the trucking industry, and this mission starts with putting our drivers in semi-trucks equipped with the latest in high-tech safety features and driver comforts that will help protect them and everyone on the road around them.”
The Nikola One utilizes a fully electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries. The electric truck can generate additional energy on-the-go by its hydrogen fuel cell, which will give the Nikola One a total range of between 800 and 1,200 miles with the battery fully charged and the hydrogen storage tank filled.
In addition, the peak output from the electric drive system will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to accelerate the Nikola One from 0-60 mph in 30 seconds or about twice as quick as a conventional diesel semi-truck found on the road today.
“U.S. Xpress drivers are going to have one of the most environmentally sound trucks on the road that they are going to love to drive,” said Trevor Milton, CEO and founder of Nikola Motor Co. “Each state-of-the-art cab comes complete with full-sized beds, large closet, full-size refrigerator and freezer, microwave, television, Internet and electronic climate control."
According to officials with Nikola, the Nikola One is a production model, Class 8 truck that achieves best-in-class fuel efficiency while also dramatically improving performance over its diesel competition — all with zero-emissions. For additional comparisons, visit: https://nikolamotor.com/one#compare.
“I am particularly excited about our partnership with Nikola Motor Company because it strongly positions U.S. Xpress at the forefront of the trucking industry and reinforces our commitment to having a bold sustainability program that helps preserve our valuable resources and create a better environment while still providing practical, cost-effective ways for our customers to ship their freight across the country,” Fuller said.
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