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Nikola Taps Bosch for Class 8 Powertrain

September 22, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Expertise & Portfolio Help Start-Ups Go from Concept to Execution’

Utah’s Nikola Motor will use Bosch eAxle technology in its hydrogen fuel cell-powered Class 8 truck, a powerful over-the-road vehicle that’s to hit the market in 2021. “The eAxle will use proven commercial vehicle electric machine technology and SMG (separate motor generator) motors from Bosch,” Nikola says.

Nikola is promising a class 8 hydrogen-electric truck lineup ‘that will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque – nearly double the horsepower of any semi-truck on the road.’



“At the heart of the Nikola truck lineup is a new commercial vehicle powertrain achieved thanks to a development partnership between Nikola and Bosch,” a release continues.

“The organizations re-imagined the powertrain from the ground up. Bosch’s eAxle expertise has enabled Nikola to move quickly on an aggressive path to bring its electric truck to market.”

Bosch eAxle: ‘a scalable, modular platform’

‘Bosch Is Accelerating Development’

“Bosch is an incubator of electro-mobility solutions,” Bosch boardmember Markus Heyn says in the Nikola announcement. “No matter whether at established OEMs or start-ups, Bosch is accelerating development and helps achieve fast breakthroughs on the market,” he said.

“We have been aggressively pursuing our goal of bringing the most advanced semi-truck ever built to market,” said Nikola founder and CEO Trevor Milton. “The powertrain requires an innovative and flexible partner able to adapt quickly to the speed of our team.

‘Bosch Has Empowered Us’

“Bosch has empowered us to come to market quickly with automotive-grade hardware and software so our vision can become a reality.”

Nikola is promising hydrogen fuel cell-powered Class 8 trucks “that will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque – nearly double the horsepower of any semi-truck on the road” (original emphasis).

Hydrogen-fueled ‘Nikola One’ in Ryder System livery (F&F, December 2, 2016)


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