Nikola hopes to have its hydrogen-powered Nikola Tre FCEV Cabover on North American roads by 2023, with its Nikola Two FCEV Sleeper following the same path shortly after in 2024.
The Arizona-based company today (23rd Feb) confirmed the news as part of its North American Fuel Cell Vehicle Program which states that after Tre battery-electric vehicle launch, it will focus on hydrogen fuel cell innovations.
In addition to the trucks, Nikola confirmed that it will continue to focus on common fuel cell power modules and scalable hydrogen storage systems, both of which are currently in development and testing with industry leaders in collaboration with Nikola Engineering,
“To expedite the transition to a carbon-free future, the trucking industry needs heavy-duty, zero emission commercial vehicles engineered to match the weight and range capabilities of today’s diesel trucks,” said Nikola’s Global Head of FCEV Jason Roycht.
“Nikola is excited to introduce additional detail about our portfolio of FCEV trucks and our continued commitment to sustainable commercial transportation.”
“We are building on the current Tre platform with the planned launch of our fuel-cell and hydrogen storage systems in 2023. These systems are designed to be scalable in order to handle the greater power and longer-range requirements for long-haul, which allows for concurrent integration into the chassis design of the Nikola Two FCEV Sleeper.”
“Utilising common components and systems for hydrogen propulsion will support greater economies of scale and also allow Nikola to continuously expand and adapt our FCEV truck portfolio to address the diverse requirements of commercial trucking.”
Nikola Tre FCEV Cabover
The Nikola Tre FCEV Cabover is targeted for distances up to 500 miles and is expected to address the majority of the North American regional market, especially use cases where additional freight hauling capacity and quick fuelling are required by fleet operators.
The Tre FCEV leverages the Tre BEV platform with hydrogen fuel cell power, while being designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce total vehicle weight.
The first Tre FCEV prototype builds are scheduled to begin in Arizona and Ulm, Germany in Q2 2021, with testing and validation of the vehicles continuing into 2022, and production commencing planned for the second half of 2023.
Nikola Two FCEV Sleeper
The Nikola Two FCEV Sleeper is a long-haul freight solution with hydrogen capacity allowing a non-stop range of up to 900 miles. The Two FCEV leverages the weight advantage of hydrogen in long-range, long-haul zero emission commercial transportation. The Two FCEV will be based on a new chassis custom designed for North American long-haul routes and is anticipated to launch in late 2024.