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Nikola One Hydrogen Fuel Cell Class 8 Truck Revealed In Salt Lake City

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    Nikola One Hydrogen Fuel Cell Class 8 Truck Revealed In Salt Lake City
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    Nikola Motor Company founder and CEO Trevor Milton pulled the wraps off his company’s much-discussed baby, the Nikola One semi truck. Large and imposing, the Nikola One promises to be a game changer if the company is able to keep its production, infrastructure, and pricing claims.

    Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powerplant that provides energy to six in-wheel electric motors, the Nikola One reputedly has a 1,200-mile driving range with 1,000 hp and 2,000 lb-ft of torque. The company has plans to open 364 hydrogen refueling stations across the country to provide coast-to-coast, border-to-border range for its trucks, and lessees of the Nikola One will have access to 1 million miles’ worth of free hydrogen. That could mean around 10 years of free fuel for most trucks, which will outlast the truck’s seven-year lease.

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    In addition to revealing the Nikola One, the company also announced plans for the Nikola Two, a day-cab alternative to its bigger, sleeper-cab sister. Using a similar propulsion system, the Nikola Two will be ideal for local and regional deliveries, and it opens the door for vocational trucks in the future. The company is now taking reservations on Nikolas One and Two for $1,500, and to date, Nikola has raised nearly $3 billion in preorders.

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    The company also announced a new logistics program called Nikola Shipments. Milton explained the system as a sort of long-haul cargo Uber, with potential customers registering their shipments and Nikola drivers accepting cargo as desired. Nikola says drivers can set their starting point and destination, and Nikola Shipments will build a route based on cargo need, weather conditions, and other factors. Shipments will be controlled via a massive 21-inch touchscreen display in the cab.

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    Perhaps the most significant announcement made last night, aside from the Nikola One itself, was the partnership between Nikola Motor Company and Ryder Systems. The logistics giant will provide maintenance and service to drivers under Nikola’s warranty, which will last the duration of the company’s seven-year leasing program. Speaking of leasing, interested parties can plan to spend between $5,000 and $7,000 monthly on the Nikola One, which will include fuel and servicing.

    Appearing in the flesh for the first time in public, the Nikola One was revealed in front of an audience that included Utah Governor Gary Herbert and other local representatives, plus logistics industry big shots, friends of the company, and the press. It was warmly received, with logistics experts expressing interest in the zero-emissions, zero-cost fuel, provided Nikola can build an infrastructure. We’re looking forward to finding out the same, as we’d love to see these futuristic machines on our roads soon. The company has a goal to get its first trucks on the road in 2020.
     
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    Don't know a lot about fuel cells but from what I do wouldn't it make more sense to use the hydrogen gas to fuel a conventional engine rather than adding electric motors and having to convert the hydrogen gas to electricity
     
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    Can Nikola truly transform the trucking industry?
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    So Nikola Motors Co. unveiled its Nikola One prototype Class 8 highway sleeper tractor last week at its “world headquarters” in Salt Lake City, Utah – a truck that runs on electricity generated by a hydrogen-powered fuel cell.

    The company claims the Nikola One’s range is between 800 to 1,200 miles on a single fill up and, with its fuel cell linked to a 320 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the truck can crank out 2,000 hp and 2,000 ft.-lbs. or torque – enough to handle heavy-haul operations, which is a trucking niche Trevor Milton, Nikola’s president and CEO, is including in his marketing plans.

    The sales pitch for the Nikola One is pretty straightforward; indeed, refreshingly so, if the company and its partners (Ryder System being playing perhaps the most critical role handling sales, service, and warranty coverage for the vehicle) can make good on their claims.

    Milton said during the event that he expects to “sell” the Nikola One tractor via an “all-inclusive and integrated lease” costing anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 per month.

    And by “all-inclusive” Milton means “all-inclusive”: Not only does it cover the vehicle, but all of its hydrogen fuel as well (“one million miles worth,” he explained), along with maintenance support, warranty coverage, tires, wiper blades, everything – even truck washes.

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    Milton plans to provide hydrogen fuel and amenities to Nikola One owners through a yet-to-built network of 364 refueling “sites” modeled on the Maverik convenience store chain – making refueling a “destination” for Nikola One operators, rather than a necessary evil.

    Another twist Milton is planning for the Nikola One: Incorporating a freight matching service, Nikola Shipments, as part of the trucks base package of services.

    Truck drivers will be able to access that service via the 21-in. computer screen built into the dashboard – a computer screen that technicians can also use as a diagnostic tool as well.

    “Look at it this way: an iPhone would not be an iPhone of you couldn’t listen to your music, send text messages, take photographs, surf the web, and do hundreds other things with it,” Milton explained. “That’s what we are trying to do with the Nikola One. It won’t happen all at once, but essentially we’re going to try and integrate everything a driver needs into this one vehicle.”

    Of course, there are safety and environmental angles to the Nikola One being played as well.

    The air disc brakes on the Nikola One will be connected to a “regenerative braking” system to provide more stopping power – stopping power further enhanced through linkage with automatic emergency braking systems (AEB) such as Bendix’s Wingman Fusion and Meritor’s OnGuard Active product.

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    The Nikola One’s battery pack, electric motors and fuel cells will all be positioned at or below its frame rails – providing more stability and a lower center of gravity to reduce the chances of a rollover.

    Then there are the environmental factors. For starters, fuel cells only emit water vapor, so no expensive and heavy exhaust aftertreatment systems will be needed. Milton also expects the Nikola One to last at least two million miles due to its independent suspension and electrical powertrain, with the first million miles in operation for “new owners” and the second million for those who favor buying used trucks.

    Even the lithium-ion battery pack can be re-sold, Milton noted: “sliced up” for use in electric back up generating systems for residential homes. “The goal here is to reuse and recycle as much as possible from the truck,” he said.

    Yet will trucking companies pay $5,000 to $7,000 a month for a hydrogen-powered torpedo-looking truck? And will truck drivers be willing to pilot such rigs?

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    Sandeep Kar, global vice president for mobility at Frost & Sullivan, for one, believes total cost of ownership or “TCO” factors may play into the Nikola One’s favor.

    “The North American trucking industry is grappling to find ways to address the TCO issue [with] fuel, lease, and repair and maintenance costs are the key components to be tackled,” he explained in a recent report. “They contribute to over half of a truck’s TCO.”

    With Nikola claiming that its Nikola One prototype can offer twice the power and two to four times more fuel efficiency than an average Class 8 diesel truck, plus all the fuel and maintenance costs rolled into the lease price for good measure, Frost & Sullivan estimates that will provide savings of $21,127 per year on a lease purchase deal versus a traditional Class 8 diesel truck.

    And even though the Nikola One won’t start full production until 2020, the company said that it’s received over 8,000 reservations for the vehicle with deposits of $1,500 each. Milton claimed during the unveiling that amounts to nearly $4 billion worth of pre-orders – money that Nikola will no doubt use to help fund the development of its hydrogen refueling network.

    Will that be enough to sway truckers to start switching to hydrogen- powered electric big rigs? We’re going to find out as clock tracking the time to full production of the Nikola One is now ticking.

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    U.S. Xpress to add Nikola’s hydrogen-electric truck
    U.S. Xpress is one of the first in the world and largest truckload carrier to order the Nikola One
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    U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc. announced that the company is one of the first and the largest truckload carrier to order the Nikola One. The company said it expects the zero-emission, hydrogen-electric semi-truck will be a part of its fleet when the Nikola Motor Company starts production in 2020.

    “Much like our recent collaboration with Freightliner and its Next-Generation Cascadia semi-truck, the Nikola One is another example of how U.S. Xpress continues to work closely with its manufacturers to identify opportunities where cutting-edge technologies and the latest advancements in clean fuels can be used to conserve more energy, lower gas emissions and reduce the overall carbon footprint of our fleet,” said Max Fuller, chairman and CEO of U.S. Xpress.

    Fuller continued, “From our very first day on the road, U.S. Xpress has been committed to being a leader in the trucking industry, and this mission starts with putting our drivers in semi-trucks equipped with the latest in high-tech safety features and driver comforts that will help protect them and everyone on the road around them.”

    Unveiled to the public for the first time Dec. 1, the Nikola One utilizes a fully electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries. The electric semi-truck can generate additional energy on-the-go by its hydrogen fuel cell, which will give the Nikola One a total range of between 800 and 1,200 miles with the battery fully charged and the hydrogen storage tank filled. In addition, the peak output from the electric drive system will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to accelerate the Nikola One from 0-60 mph in 30 seconds or about twice as quick as a conventional diesel semi-truck found on the road today.

    “U.S. Xpress drivers are going to have one of the most environmentally sound trucks on the road that they are going to love to drive,” said Trevor Milton, CEO and founder of Nikola Motor Company. “Each state-of-the-art cab comes complete with full-sized beds, large closet, full size refrigerator and freezer, microwave, television, Internet and electronic climate control."

    Fuller added: “I am particularly excited about our partnership with Nikola Motor Company because it strongly positions U.S. Xpress at the forefront of the trucking industry and reinforces our commitment to having a bold sustainability program that helps preserve our valuable resources and create a better environment while still providing practical, cost-effective ways for our customers to ship their freight across the country.”

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