PHOENIX — Nikola Corporation will open three California hydrogen stations to advance and scale up its long-term hydrogen distribution solutions to service market demand, company officials announced this week.
“Nikola’s integrated energy and zero-emissions truck portfolio will be underpinned by developing hydrogen supply and refueling infrastructure, an essential step in helping to decarbonize the heavy-duty transport sector,” according to a news release.
The three California refueling stations and logistics infrastructure will be in the cities of Colton, Ontario and a location servicing the Port of Long Beach. To further support truck demand, plans for additional stations are in progress and will be announced soon.
California is a launch market for Nikola, and the company says that these stations will support key customers and advance the state’s efforts to decarbonize the transport sector.
“This marks an important step in Nikola’s ability to deliver innovative solutions and the infrastructure needed to decarbonize the transportation industry,” Nikola Energy President Pablo Koziner said. “Our hydrogen refueling stations, along with a comprehensive energy supply, will provide customers the support needed to transition their fleets to zero-emissions.”
The Ontario location is part of Nikola’s previously announced collaboration with TravelCenters of America.
“TA is committed to providing viable infrastructure to support the nation’s shift toward alternative fuels, and this collaboration with Nikola reflects our ongoing commitment to this goal,” Jon Pertchik, chief executive officer of TravelCenters of America, said. “The success of the transportation industry’s transition toward alternative fuel adoption is dependent, in part, on collaborations like this.”
There are a number of distribution centers in the city of Colton, making it “an ideal location for future Nikola FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicles) customers,” the news release stated.
“The establishment of a ‘clean fuel’ facility for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks, is a huge step forward in seeing the trucking industry move towards these types of vehicles,” Mario Suarez, planning manager of City of Colton, California, said. “Actions like these are building blocks to cleaner air for Colton residents and the surrounding region and we are proud to support initiatives that align with our vision,”
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are major global commercial transportation hubs and are focused on leading decarbonization. Our station servicing port customers will be a critical anchor of our hydrogen dispensing infrastructure.
“The Nikola hydrogen refueling stations represent an important step forward to enable zero-emissions logistics solutions in Southern California,” Mike Bible, chief executive officer of TTSI, said. “The Port of Long Beach station is an ideal location to support ocean drayage solutions for TTSI and other logistics providers. “TTSI is excited about the prospects of hydrogen fuel cell technology as a viable solution to decarbonize the freight trucking industry.”
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