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Nikola – Pioneering the Zero-Emission Class 8 Truck Space

Phoenix, Arizona – Since December of 2019, Nikola Corporation, has been a global leader in zero-emission transportation and energy solutions. Nikola recently announced an impressive achievement in the second quarter of the year. The company reported that it has doubled its retail deliveries of the Tre battery-electric trucks, signaling a remarkable surge in momentum. With this development, Nikola has successfully delivered a total of 99 trucks year-to-date, out of which 76 trucks were sold through wholesale channels, while the company has already built 96 trucks. 

Expressing his enthusiasm, Nikola CEO Michael Lohscheller commented on the significant achievement and the increasing demand for their upcoming hydrogen-fuel-cell-electric truck. Lohscheller stated, “It is not easy being a pioneer in the zero-emission Class 8 truck space, but we are witnessing a remarkable surge in momentum. We take great pride in our current achievements and the influx of orders coming in for our soon-to-be-produced hydrogen-fuel-cell-electric truck. I believe there has not been a better time to be at Nikola as we move forward, together.”

As part of its ongoing business optimization plan, Nikola has strategically focused on strengthening its North American zero-emissions truck production and its Hyla hydrogen fueling business. The company is set to launch a Class 8 hydrogen-fuel-cell-electric truck in the third quarter of this year, and it has already secured 178 sales orders from 14 customers. In order to streamline operations, Nikola has consolidated its production activities at its Coolidge, Arizona plant, enabling the simultaneous assembly of both hydrogen and battery-electric trucks on a single assembly line.

Nikola’s strategic move to market its hydrogen production, distribution, and dispensing products under the Hyla brand showcases the company’s commitment to providing a comprehensive solution for its fuel-cell-electric trucks. By integrating the complete hydrogen energy infrastructure supply chain under one roof, Nikola believes it can offer a seamless and sustainable competitive advantage to its customers. Lohscheller emphasized this point, stating, “The unveiling of our Nikola Tre fuel cell truck and flexible mobile fueling trailer demonstrates a real and sustainable competitive advantage for our customers and are significant proof points that we are accomplishing what we set out to achieve.”

Under the Hyla brand, Nikola plans to develop and produce up to 300 metric tons of hydrogen per day. The company has formed strategic partnerships with key players in the hydrogen industry, including TC Energy in Crossfield, Alberta, to produce 60 metric tons of hydrogen daily. Additionally, Nikola has identified production locations in Arizona, Indiana, and Pennsylvania to further bolster its hydrogen supply.

To support the growing adoption of fuel-cell-electric trucks, Nikola has set an ambitious target of establishing 60 hydrogen stations by 2026. The initial locations for these stations will be in California, with sites in Colton, Ontario, and a location serving the Port of Long Beach. These strategically placed hydrogen stations will play a crucial role in supporting key customers and advancing the state’s efforts to decarbonize the transportation sector.

As part of its hydrogen infrastructure, Nikola has introduced a state-of-the-art mobile fueler that is capable of efficiently refueling 700 bar fuel-cell-electric trucks. Equipped with a tube trailer carrying 960 kg of hydrogen, the mobile fueler ensures a rapid and seamless refueling experience for customers. The company has successfully commissioned and tested its first mobile fueler, which has been released for market operation. Additional mobile fuelers are currently undergoing commissioning and are expected to be operational in the first quarter of this year.

In a separate event held on January 25, 2023, Nikola further highlighted its integrated hydrogen solution and introduced its new hydrogen energy brand, “HYLA.” The event, attended by more than 300 representatives from the fleet, government, supplier, energy, and media sectors, showcased Nikola’s progress in both its energy and truck businesses. The star attractions of the event were the Nikola Tre Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) and the flexible mobile fueling trailer. With a range of up to 500 miles, the Tre FCEV is poised to become one of the longest-range zero tailpipe emission Class 8 tractors available in the market.

Nikola Corporation is dedicated to transforming the transportation industry through the design and manufacture of zero-emission battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen station infrastructure. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Nikola is driven by a mission to revolutionize the economic and environmental impact of commerce.

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