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Nikola To Develop Advanced Fuel Cell Laboratory

Nikola’s newest electric truck, the Tre, offers up to 750 kilowatts (1,005.8 horsepower) and 2,700 newton meters (1,991.4 pounds-foot) of torque and has a range of between 500 and 1,200 kilometers (310.7 and 745.6 miles). (Photo courtesy of Nikola Motor Company.)

Nikola Motor Company has announced that it has purchased $16 million worth of equipment necessary for developing a fuel cell laboratory. The company says this is the first step a plan that will cost several hundred million dollars. “It is critical that we move fast and have the best equipment as part of our truck development process,” said Mark Russell, Nikola Motor Company's president. “By creating our own facility, Nikola will be able to test and validate its fuel cell components in half the time it would take other OEMs and third-party labs.”

Advanced Facility

Nikola’s new facility will have all the necessary tools, climate-controlled rooms, and more to develop and test individual fuel cell system components as well as entire powertrains. “This lab will be filled with extremely talented fuel cell engineers and is a critical part in our truck development, enabling Nikola to set a new efficiency benchmark for heavy-duty fuel cell systems,” says Nikola CEO Trevor Milton. “We believe the fuel cell will replace the diesel engine in the next 10 years. It is a race to the finish line now for our team. Other OEMs have expressed interest in using Nikola’s fuel cell drivetrain and hydrogen stations and we plan on making them available to other OEMs who share our vision.”

Nikola World 2019 will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 16 and 17th and will highlight the company’s trucks, hydrogen solutions, and powersports products. (Photo courtesy of Nikola Motor Company.)

Nikola World 2019

Nikola will release more details about its new fuel cell lab at Nikola World 2019, which takes places in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 16 and 17th. The company will also highlight other trucking, hydrogen, and powersports innovations, along with a few other surprises; some of the event is open to the public, so check out the company’s website to register.

Posted On 4 April 2019
Category: Truck and Trailer News
Tags : alternative fuels nikola
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