Nikola Corporation, an American company that designs and manufactures electric components, drivetrains and vehicles, unveiled details about its North American hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) commercial truck program.
Nikola plans to introduce an FCEV variant of the Nikola Tre Cabover and the long-range Nikola Two FCEV Sleeper targeting efficiency ranges between 300-900 miles in the North American market.
The Nikola Tre FCEV Cabover is aimed for distances up to 500 miles, targeting the North American regional market. The prototype is set to begin in Arizona and Ulm, Germany, in Q2 2021, with testing and validation to continue by 2022. The production is planned for H2:2023.
The Nikola Two FCEV Sleeper is a long-haul freight solution with hydrogen capacity allowing a non-stop range of up to 900 miles. It leverages the weight advantage of hydrogen in long-range, long-haul zero-emission commercial transportation. This vehicle will be based on a new chassis custom-designed for North American long-haul routes and is anticipated to launch in late 2024.
Both FCEV vehicles are expected to use multiple standard fuel-cell power modules and scalable hydrogen storage systems. The storage technology is in the development and testing stage and is expected to be road tested in 2022.
Jason Roycht, Nikola’s Global Head of FCEV, said, “We are building on the current Tre platform with the planned launch of our fuel-cell and hydrogen storage systems in 2023.”