Nikola Motor has began taking reservations for Tre, the startup’s first hydrogen-electric truck constructed for the European market.
Nikola Motor, which lower than a 12 months in the past introduced plans to construct a $1 billion hydrogen-electric semi truck manufacturing facility in a suburb of Phoenix, mentioned it’s within the preliminary planning levels to establish the right location for its European manufacturing facility.
European testing is projected to start in Norway round 2020, the corporate mentioned.
The Tre — it means three in Norwegian — continues to be years away from manufacturing. CEO Trevor Milton mentioned manufacturing will start across the similar time as its U.S. model between 2022 and 2023.
However it illustrates Nikola’s international aspirations.
The U.S. and Europe have completely different trucking laws. Nikola needed to design a distinct mannequin to fulfill these laws earlier than it take into account making an attempt to interrupt into Europe.
The Tre shall be constructed with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800V dc batteries and a redundant 120 kW hydrogen gasoline cell, all essential for true stage 5 autonomy, Milton mentioned in an announcement. Degree 5 is the best stage autonomy, a designation during which the automobile handles all driving underneath all circumstances.
The Nikola TRE will come will are available in 500 to 1,000 horsepower variations. The truck will have the ability to journey 500 to 1,200 kilometers, relying on choices a buyer chooses.
Nikola plans to have greater than 700 hydrogen fueling stations throughout the U.S. and Canada by 2028. The corporate mentioned Monday it’s working Nel Hydrogen of Oslo to offer hydrogen stations for the U.S. market.
Nel shall be used to safe sources for Nikola’s European progress technique, in response to Nikola CFO Kim Brady.
By 2028, Nikola plans to have a community of greater than 700 hydrogen stations throughout the USA and Canada. Every station shall be able to 2,000 to eight,000 kgs of every day hydrogen manufacturing. Nikola’s European stations are deliberate to come back on-line round 2022 and are projected to cowl a lot of the European market by 2030.
The corporate will show a prototype show of the Nikola TRE through the Nikola World occasion April 16 and April 17 in Phoenix.