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Nikola Now Plans Hydrogen for Trucks

August 30, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Intends to Be 100% Vertically Integrated for Fuel

Start-up Nikola Motors said today that its planned line of Class 8 trucks will be fully zero-emission – they will be hydrogen fuel cell-powered.

Nikola is now planning for its Class 8 Nikola One trucks to be hydrogen-fueled, with the elemental fuel produced via solar-powered electrolysis.

Nikola is now planning for its Class 8 Nikola One trucks to be hydrogen-fueled, with the elemental fuel produced via solar-powered electrolysis.



“The electric drivetrain used in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be powered by a custom-built hydrogen-electric 800V fuel cell,” the company said today.

“Nikola’s hydrogen class 8 trucks will be more powerful than any other production diesel truck on the road and have a range of over 1,200 miles between fill-ups,” states a release. It will achieve nearly 20 MPG with zero emissions under full load, surpassing all the government mandates set forth for the next ten years, including the EPA’s recently announced Phase 2 GHG standards.”

Nikola wants to be basic in hydrogen, well-to-wheels for zero-emission Class 8 trucks.

Nikola wants to be basic in hydrogen, well-to-wheels for zero-emission Class 8 trucks.

“The desire to be 100% emission free in the U.S. and Canada is a critical piece of our long-term engineering and environmental efforts, not just in vehicle energy consumption, but also in how energy is produced,” Nikola CEO Trevor Milton says in today’s announcement.

Full Vertical Integration

As had been announced this past spring for CNG/compressed natural gas-fueled Nikola One trucks (F&F, May 15), Nikola says will produce all of its own fuel for a 100% proprietary, hydrogen well-to-wheels solution. And, as with CNG, hydrogen will be made available for free to Nikola One operators.

“It will be the same exact process that we were going to do with CNG,” Milton told F&F. He said that Nikola will build is own fuel cell modules using commercially available fuel cell stacks.

“Nikola will produce hydrogen via zero-emission solar farms built by Nikola Motor Company,” Milton says in the release. These solar farms will produce over 100 megawatts each and will use electrolysis to create hydrogen from water. Even our manufacturing facilities will be run off of zero emission hydrogen energy.”

Trucks May Have Liquid Hydrogen Fuel Tanks

Milton names Worthington Industries as a key partner, especially for cryogenic equipment to be used to transport liquid hydrogen from the production sites to the fueling sites. The Nikola One may also use cryogenic liquefied hydrogen fuel, he says. Compressed hydrogen is possible too.

Nikola said too today that the CNG turbine version of the Nikola One truck “will be available for other countries where hydrogen is not readily available.”

The Nikola One is to be unveiled on December 1 in Salt Lake City.


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Source: Nikola Motor Company with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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