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In a surprising turnaround Nikola Motor Company who is developing class 8 trucks to be emission free are switching from batteries to hydrogen.

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Press Release

Nikola Motor Company Announces U.S. and Canadian Class 8 Trucks Will Be Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered and 100% Emission Free Nikola Motor Company recently announced that it achieved zero emissions with its electric-powered drivetrain. At that time, details about how Nikola achieved zero emissions were kept confidential pending finalization of key supplier agreements. Today, Nikola is announcing that the electric drivetrain used in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be powered by a custom-built hydrogen-electric 800V fuel cell.

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. It will achieve nearly 20 MPG with zero emissions under full load,surpassing all the government mandates set forth for the next 10 years, including the EPA’s recently announced Phase 2 GHG standards. “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 will produce hydrogen via zero emission solar farms built by Nikola Motor Company. 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,” said Trevor Milton, CEO, Nikola Motor Company. “Nikola plans to have a nationwide network of over 50 hydrogen stations for customers to begin fueling by 2020. This will make Nikola Motor Company the first company in the world to be 100% emission-free from energy production to transportation to consumption.

Say goodbye to the days of dirty diesels and after treatment in the heavy duty class 8 market,” added Milton. More information will be announced about Nikola’s nationwide sales, service and warranty network in the coming weeks. Please see Nikola’s website for more information on the location of the future hydrogen stations. The CNG turbine version of the Nikola One will be available for other countries where hydrogen is not readily available.

The Nikola One will be unveiled on December 1, 2016 in Salt Lake City. Nikola Motor Company passed three billion dollars in pre-orders since it began taking reservations in May of this year. Attendance at this event will be by invite only, but will be streamed live on Nikola’s website. For complete product details on the Nikola One, visit www.nikolamotor.com. December 1,

Previous Announcements

Previously, Nikola said its 2,000-horsepower truck would come with six electric motors with a natural-gas turbine as an onboard generator. A prototype has yet to be seen, but Nikola said the truck could achieve zero emissions and go 1,200 miles on a single charge.

Nikola was claiming it could achieve zero emissions when its semitruck plans involved using a natural-gas range extender.

Nikola CEO Trevor Milton told Business Insider that the startup is pretty much scrapping the natural-gas range extender in favor of using a hydrogen-electric fuel cell.

The truck is “zero emissions through the hydrogen fuel cell. The turbine will only be available in other countries where we don’t have a hydrogen infrastructure,” Milton said.

In June, Nikola announced it had received 7,000 orders for its hybrid electric truck. Milton says that number is up to 8,000, and that “99% [of the] orders will be for hydrogen only.”

Milton said Nikola is still planning to produce the original hybrid truck, but that it will be available after the hydrogen fuel cell option hits markets. Nikola decided to “filter out and eliminate any orders from other countries” outside the US and Canada so it could focus on the hydrogen-electric truck, Milton added.

“We always had this fuel cell development team working on the fuel cell. Now that we were able to achieve what we wanted to with the fuel cell, all those orders will only be hydrogen-electric,” Milton said.

Already reserved a Nikola One™? Don’t worry, you will have the choice to choose between buying or leasing later on when we finalize the design and order with you.

DIESELELECTRIC
Horsepower500HP1,000HP
Torque1,650 ft-lbs2,000 ft-lbs
Range500-750 miles800 – 1,200 miles
Top Speed Up Hills (6%)20 – 40 MPH65 MPH
On DescentExhaust & Friction BrakesRecharging & Saving Brakes
Acceleration 0-60 MPH Under Load60 seconds30 seconds
MPG5.5 MPG10 – 15 MPG
Weight19,000 – 23,000 lbs18,000 – 21,000 lbs
Nikola Power

95% EFFICIENT ELECTRIC MOTORS

The custom electric motors of the Nikola One™ operate at 95% efficiency, so when it comes to hills they are quicker going up and saving money going down. While other trucks are losing energy and riding their brakes, Nikola One™ is capturing energy and saving its brakes, minimizing noise and cost.

Summary

“Show me the data” as we all know fuel cells cost a lot of money to maintain and the cost of all that hydrogen producing infra structure has to be paid for. For some reason the maths does not add up, but I am happy to be corrected.Perhaps with some government subsidies and big industry investment it has a real chance. The key is the cost and lifespan of the fuel cell technology. I really hope they pull this together and succeeed.

Sources

https://nikolamotor.com/pdfs/Nikola_Hydrogen_Final.pdf

http://uk.businessinsider.com/nikola-motor-reveals-hydrogen-truck-plans-2016-8

https://nikolamotor.com/

 

Engine Combines the Best of Both Gasoline and Diesel
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