PHOENIX — In what the company called a response to widespread interest from European customers, Nikola Motor Co. said Monday it had created a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets.
Reservations for the Nikola Tre — which means “Three” in Norwegian — are now open at www.nikolamotor.com/tre.
Guests at the April 16-17, 2019, Nikola World in Phoenix 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.
“This truck is a real stunner and long overdue for Europe,” said Nikola Founder and CEO Trevor Milton. “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.”
The Nikola Tre has 500 to 1,000 HP, 6×4 or 6×2 configurations and a range of 500 to 1,200 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. Nikola is also in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility.
Nikola is currently working with Nel Hydrogen of Oslo to provide hydrogen stations for USA. “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, Nikola CFO.
By 2028, Milton said Nikola is planning on having more than 700 hydrogen stations across the USA and Canada.
Each station is capable of 2,000 to 8,000 kgs 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.
At the April 16-17 Nikola World in Phoenix, Milton said attendees will witness the Nikola Two in action pulling loaded trailers along with a prototype display of the Nikola Tre. Hydrogen filling will also be shown at the event at 700 bar or 10,000 PSI. Nikola’s powersports division will provide customer rides throughout the day and show off pre-production units of the Nikola NZT off road 4×4.
To date, the company has approximately $11 billion dollars in pre-order reservations. Ryder System and Thompson Machinery will be on site at Nikola World to work with U.S. customers.
Registration for the Nikola World event to be held in Phoenix will open on December 3 at www.nikolamotor.com.