Nikola unveils Class 8 hydrogen-electric truck (Updated: Company unveiling video)

Nikola unveils Class 8 hydrogen-electric truck

Nikola Motor Company, named for a certain Serbian-American inventor, recently unveiled its Nikola One electric semi-truck at its Salt Lake City headquarters.

The Nikola One has an electric drivetrain powered by lithium batteries, as well as a hydrogen fuel cell. It has a range of 800-1,200 miles, and delivers over 1,000 hp and 2,000 ft-lbs of torque, which the company says is nearly double that of any diesel semi-truck on the road.

Nikola offers a leasing program that includes unlimited hydrogen fuel, warranty and scheduled maintenance for a 72-month term.  The company says it has already accepted reservations representing $3 billion worth of orders. Ryder System, a fleet management specialist with 800 service locations in North America, will be the exclusive distribution and maintenance provider.

“Nikola will build a world-class manufacturing facility which will create thousands of new jobs,” said Nikola founder and CEO Trevor Milton.  Nikola is currently in discussions with several states, and will choose a location in the first half of 2017.

The company also unveiled plans for a network of hydrogen fueling stations across the US and Canada, which it plans to begin constructing in January 2018.

“We are extremely excited to finally show off the Nikola One to the public for the first time,” said Milton.  “There are many out there that wondered if we would deliver, but today we proudly show off the most advanced semi-truck ever built.”

Nikola also announced plans for a 107 kWh battery pack for its electric UTV, the Nikola Zero.  The company hopes to offer its battery packs to OEMs beginning in 2017. “Our battery engineers have made major advances in storage and cooling,” said Milton. “We believe our lithium battery packs are more energy-dense and weigh less than any available vehicle production pack per kWh. This new battery pack should give our UTV over 300 miles of range on a single charge.”

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Source: Nikola Motor Company

  • Zephyr

    When is the Zero unveil? I picture it as my next daily driver… 😀

  • Edward

    300 miles on a 107KWH pack? Something is wrong and some of this doesn’t make sense. Have done alot of dyno testing and real road testing on all electric trucks and buses and something doesn’t make sense. I am sure anyone buying a vehicle like this would compare and do their due diligence. CEOs aren’t that stupid theses days.

    I can personally build a Class 8 hydrogen for under $500K (Includes brand new chassis!) and still make a good profit. 2,000 ft lbs of torque which, is a good correct number in this article, and I would be using most of the OEM parts and would recommend to put in a larger battery pack so you don’t damage the battery pack saving even more money on correct rated batteries.

    Hydrogen systems are a easy technology now and there are over 6 suppliers for hydrogen systems that know what they are doing.

    Cost effective and correct larger Battery pack distance with no load would be 160 miles.
    Cost effective Hydrogen tanks/pack with no load would be 500 miles.
    This is reality and being realistic.

    Please do your home work before you read some of these articles. Who ever buys this, I am sure would want to see a full running vehicle fully loaded first before giving any money away.

  • Ramon A. Cardona

    Ed, that battery pack is for the UTV, an electric ATV with for motors adding up to 458 hp. It is geared for torque to carry the 1,900 lb. weight plus payload. This is not a commercial vehicle. Cheers.

  • Robert Cattle

    Mr tesla must be pleased to see his Christian name used again!

    • Electric Bill

      Let’s just say Nikolai Tesla should be rightfully pleased to have his NAME used by two different EV producers, regardless of religious considerations. To do otherwise motivates Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists agnostics or any non-Christians to feel prejudiced against any vehicles by either company—- for this reason, like politics, religion is better left out… Our goal should be to have ICE vehicles to be admired like steam trains and cars: in museums, and not on our streets and railroads.

  • Robert Cattle

    Don’t remember Nicola T,s religion but a few comments to Edison would have been interesting and in his court fight with Marconi a few non Christian words would have been said
    Happy Christmas