American manufacturer Nikola has showcased a new Tre hydrogen- powered tractor unit which it says will
offer zero emissions, has a range of 500- 750 miles between fueling and a fueling time of just 15 minutes. It was unveiled on April 16 and is destined for the European market.
Nikola President Mark Russell and CEO Trevor Milton unveiled the Nikola Tre. Mr Russell said: “With a range between 500 and 750 miles depending upon load, this gorgeous vehicle will have fast hydrogen fueling in under 15 minutes, even in Europe.”
Mr Milton added: “Think about Europe with no more diesel trucks; the roads will be clean, quiet and beautiful.”
There are currently more than 13,000 Nikola trucks on order. They feature up to 1,000hp and 2,000ft-lbs of torque. Nikola recently announced a battery-electric vehicle option for the urban, short haul trucking market.
Mr Milton said: “We want to transform everything about the transportation industry. With Nikola’s vision, the world will be cleaner, safer and healthier.”
Nikola Powersports President Michael Erickson highlighted how Nikola is transforming zero-emission recreational vehicles on land and water.
He said: “The technology and platforms we are developing are mutually beneﬁcial helping us leverage speed to market and scale. With our powersports products, you have an experience that is safer with precise control and a near silent ride that heightens your senses.”
Nikola’s Executive Vice President of Hydrogen Jesse Schneider, discussed Nikola’s hydrogen fuel cell vision.
The vision consists of the world’s ﬁrst purpose- built fuel cell Class 8 truck, enabling more hydrogen storage, optimised placement of the powertrain, and a robust 70MPa hydrogen fueling network.
He said “We recently opened our ﬁrst hydrogen station at our Phoenix headquarters. We are leading the way and working with industry and other OEMs to develop hydrogen standards to enable fueling in less than 15 minutes.
The goal is safety and interoperability, so that anyone can fuel at our station. This is a big deal.”