New strategic collaboration expected to power the Nikola Tre BEV and Tre FCEV with Proterra battery technology
Multi-year supply agreement represents Proterra Powered’s expansion into the Class 8 truck market
Proterra product is expected to be incorporated in the Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and Tre fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). The first Proterra Powered Nikola semi-trucks are expected to be produced in the fourth quarter of 2022, with Proterra delivering prototype systems to Nikola starting in the second quarter of 2022.
The Nikola Mobile Charging Trailer (MCT) provides access and support to your EV operations to get you quickly on the road to zero emissions. Knowing how you intend to operate and expand your EV fleet, the MCT (powered by Tritium), is intended to enable a smooth transition to a permanent recharging infrastructure plan without incurring a significant capital expense.
Nikola’s statement: “Nikola’s supply chain department is intact and Nikola continues to hire. The supply chain department has been intentionally strengthened with new and existing leadership. Nikola is focusing its efforts on getting its first BEVs and FCEVs to market and continues to hire strategically for critical roles. We have nearly 1000 employees now, including 220 new hires within the last 120 days. Nikola encourages you to listen to our earnings call on Feb. 24 to get an accurate overview of the company and its progress.”
The Phoenix-based company, along with BYD Motors, is making zero-emission deliveries of Bud Light NEXT, a new carb-free beer the brewing giant is promoting prior to the championship game. A Nikola Tre fuel cell big rig will load up with the beer at Anheuser-Busch’s Van Nuys brewery and transport it to a distribution center in Carson, California. From there battery-powered BYD 8TT model trucks will haul the beer to bars and stores around Los Angeles.
As usual, the big question is: where will these trucks get the hydrogen to keep traveling? Roycht has an answer for that as well. According to the executive, the company plans “to launch several public and private fueling stations across southern California.”
The initial locations “will be tied to our partners logistic needs.” Roycht said he cannot get into more details at this point but that Nikola is open “to add trucks to the mix.” In other words, Nikola can provide public or private hydrogen stations depending on their clients’ needs. We’ll share more details about that as soon as we have them.
Nikola looks forward to achieving the following milestones in 2022:
Deliver 300 - 500 production Nikola Tre BEVs to customers
Successful pilot testing of Tre FCEV alpha trucks with AB, TTSI and others
Build, test, and validate Tre FCEV beta trucks
Announce location, break ground, and commence construction of the first hydrogen production hub in Arizona
Announce two or more dispensing station partners in California
appointed Lynn Forester de Rothschild to its Board of Directors. Forester de Rothschild is a co-founder of Inclusive Capital Partners (“In-Cap”) and will now represent the group on the board, replacing In-Cap co-founder, Jeff Ubben.