Nikola, IVECO and OGE have joined forces to develop hydrogen fuelling solutions in Germany to help progress the growth and deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in alignment with European policy and industry needs.
The three parties today (14th April) signed a letter of intent for the effort that hopes to establish a business structure for transporting hydrogen via a pipeline network to hydrogen fuelling stations.
IVECO, and brand of CNH Industrial, OGE, an owner and operator of a 12,000 km natural gas pipeline infrastructure network in Germany, and Nikola have said they are all focused on the implementation of necessary fuelling and distribution infrastructure.
The group launched the collaboration today with the intent to further define and formalise roles and responsibilities of each member, and the required collaboration governance to enable execution of objectives, to be stated in later definitive agreements.
Commenting on the collaboration, Pablo Koziner, Nikola’s President of Energy and Commercial, said, “Nikola is committed to delivering and advancing industry-leading hydrogen production, distribution and supply.”
“We believe this collaboration, in particular, presents a very compelling long-term fuelling distribution solution that we expect to advance industry and overall market adoption of FCEV technologies.”
Gerrit Marx, President Commercial & Specialty Vehicles, CNH Industrial, added, “The ecosystem of transport will transform and current business models along the value chain will change with the introduction of hydrogen and battery-powered heavy-duty trucks.”
“Our collaboration is a great first step in starting up a growing platform of partnerships to make this a reality here in Europe, which requires entrepreneurial and non-linear thinking across fossil industrial structures.”
Dr. Thomas Hüwener, OGE’s Chief Technical Officer, concluded, “OGE is committed to establishing a pipeline infrastructure to transport hydrogen from production sources to critical exit points of distribution.”
“We are proud to play an essential role in enabling fuelling station development through our network capabilities and in working towards decarbonising the economy.”
In a three-part series, H2 View last year delved into the story of Nikola about its offerings, partnership and hydrogen-fuelled plans. Check out each part below: