Nikola needs to make use of cellular hydrogen stations to assist its fuel-cell vehicles.
The corporate on Wednesday that it had developed a trailer-mounted cellular fueling rig that may ship hydrogen at 10,000 psi. It plans to show the rig publicly subsequent week. The primary unit “has completed commissioning and testing and has been released for market operation,” in line with a Nikola press launch.
Further models are scheduled for completion later within the first quarter of this yr, forming a part of a “mobile fueler program” to complement everlasting hydrogen stations. This program will use a mixture of Nikola-owned cellular hydrogen stations and a few owned by third events, in line with the corporate.
Nikola beforehand mentioned it plans 60 hydrogen stations by 2026, aided partly by authorities incentives, however this will likely assist it get vehicles out within the meantime and meet their wants. It is in search of pure gasoline to energy some fueling hubs and vehicles.
Nikola Tre hydrogen fuel-cell truck
This community will present hydrogen for patrons working the Nikola Tre, a Class 8 fuel-cell semi truck with a claimed vary of 500 miles, which Nikola plans to construct at a brand new manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona. Per an settlement introduced in 2021, these U.S.-assembled vehicles will use fuel-cell elements from Bosch. Nikola additionally has a three way partnership with truck maker Iveco to assemble Tre semis at that agency’s Ulm, Germany, plant.
Nikola has refocused on fuel-cell business vehicles lately after some mission creep underneath founder Trevor Milton, who was charged with securities fraud in 2021 for allegedly deceptive buyers. Milton pursued a pickup truck referred to as the Badger and a partnership with Normal Motors, however Nikola has since walked again many of those tasks.