PHOENIX — Nikola, a designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and energy infrastructure solutions, in early April announced its first step in establishing a nationwide plan for its Class 8 truck sales and service coverage.
Nikola, in partnership with RIG360 Service Network, a network of heavy-duty truck service and maintenance centers, plans to provide sales and service products for commercial customers at more than 65 RIG360 locations in the United States.
In addition to providing service and maintenance for Nikola’s Class 8 trucks, this dealer association is intended to provide customers with a sales and distribution channel for Nikola BEV and FCEV vehicles and ancillary products and services
“RIG360 is a premier network of dealers that are committed to the highest levels of service support,” said Pablo Koziner, president of energy and commercial for Nikola. “These dealers will provide Nikola customers with market leading sales and service while helping them maximize operational efficiencies and vehicle uptime. We expect this association to play an integral part in advancing Nikola’s zero-emission vehicle sales and overall industry adoption by providing assurance in reliability and support over the life of our products.”
The RIG360 network consists of seven individual dealerships that average more than 75 years of providing customer support and maintenance. This dealer network includes Blanchard Machinery, Cleveland Brothers, Foley Equipment, MacAllister Machinery, Thompson Machinery, Thompson Tractor and Yancey Bros. Co.
“RIG360 was founded based on the belief that the experience and expertise of our people and network could serve our customers at the highest levels for all their fleet needs,” said DeWitt Thompson, CEO of Thompson Machinery and Nikola board member.
Nikola and RIG360 expect to finalize distribution plans and agreements in the coming months in order to fully support customers in the sale and service of the Nikola Tre BEV, which will be launched later this year.
“We are very proud and excited to partner with Nikola and their innovative portfolio of products and services,” said Jon Robinson, RIG360 board chair. “RIG360 has always put exceptional, quality service at our core, and adding Nikola to our portfolio will allow us to continue to serve our customers.”