Nikola Motor Company is looking forward to unveiling the third version of its conventional diesel-powered truck at the European market.
The organization on Monday declared a European cabover version of its hydrogen-electric tractor model, with initial testing set for “around 2020” in Norway and full production by 2022-2023. The Nikola Tre will meet all European size and length confinements for Europe.
“This truck is a real stunner and long overdue due for Europe,” said Trevor Milton, Nikola Motor founder, and CEO. “It will be the principal European zero-emission commercial truck to be conveyed with redundant steering, excess braking, redundant 800Vdc batteries, and a redundant 120 kW hydrogen power module, all significant for true level 5 self-governance.”
The European model will feature somewhere in the range of 500 and 1,000 hp. and a range of 500 to 1,200 kilometers, contingent upon the configuration. It will come in either 6×4 or 6×2 setup.
Nikola is seeking to identify a European location for a manufacturing facility. The North American models, the Nikola One and Nikola Two (day taxi), will be built in an Arizona production plant. The organization is spending more than $1 billion over the following six years to build up the facility on the west side of Phoenix.
The organization says it has orders for more than 8,000 trucks. Each of the three models will be on display at Nikola World in Phoenix, April 16-17, 2019.
Nikola is working with its North American partner, Nel Hydrogen, to build up a hydrogen infrastructure in Europe. Nel, of Oslo, Norway, is attempting to build many hydrogen stations in the U.S. to help bolster orders here, including an order for more than 800 trucks set for the current year by Anheuser-Busch.
“Nel has regarded work with for our USA station design and rollout. We will work with Nel to anchor assets for our European growth strategy. We have a lot of work in front of us, however, with the correct partners, we can achieve it,” said Kim Brady, Nikola CFO.
By 2028, Nikola is anticipating to have more than 700 hydrogen stations over the USA and Canada. Each station is fit for 2,000 to 8,000 kgs of daily hydrogen production, the organization said. Nikola’s European stations are intended to come online around 2022 and are anticipated to cover the greater part of the European market by 2030.
The electric motor in the Nikola tractors is controlled by a hydrogen energy unit and produces 2,000 lbs.- ft. of torque and 1,000 hp. with a 320 kWh battery. Regenerative braking is used to supply power. Zero to 60 acceleration under load is said to be 30 seconds when contrasted with 60 seconds for a diesel unit.
The battery storage system highlights 32,000 individual lithium-particle cells welded together for the battery pack – three times the size of a Tesla Model S P90D. MPG will be about twofold that of a diesel model, extending from 13 to 15 mpg relying upon particular operating conditions. With a 2,000 lbs. estimated weight sparing (18,000 to 21,000 lbs. versus 19,000 to 23,000 lbs. for a diesel unit), Nikola says that vehicles could possibly pull extra weight leading up to $1,000 additional revenue per stack.