Nikola Corporation subsidiary Nikola Energy is collaborating with TravelCenters of America (TA-Petro) to install hydrogen stations for heavy-duty trucks at two existing TA-Petro sites in California, US.
Touted as the first step for the two entities to mutually develop a nationwide network of hydrogen fuelling stations, the two stations are expected to be commercially operational by the first quarter of 2023.
These stations are expected to accelerate adoption of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial trucks.
The two hydrogen stations under consideration for development by Nikola and TA-Petro will provide for an open fuelling network available to any truck customer and will follow a common industry standard for heavy-duty fuelling protocols, ensuring compatibility across all hydrogen fuel-cell truck manufacturers, Nikola said in a statement.
Nikola President of Energy and Commercial Pablo Koziner stated, “Today we announce an important advancement in enabling the growth of heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles by partnering with a leader in commercial fuelling sites and high quality customer services.
“Our collaboration in southern California will form a basis for building an expanded network of hydrogen fuelling stations for Nikola vehicle customers and for industry use overall.
“This collaboration forms an essential part in delivering the hydrogen-based ecosystem required to advance zero emission solutions for commercial trucks.”
Jon Pertchik, CEO of TA-Petro, said, “This exploration into hydrogen supply expands on our commitment to provide customers the widest range of fuel and non-fuel offerings, and on our mission to ‘return every traveller to the road better than they came.
“Through our new business unit eTA, we are positioning ourselves to facilitate the transportation industry’s shift toward alternative fuel offerings including hydrogen, a leading form of energy for Class 7 and 8 vehicles.”
The collaboration is subject to negotiation and execution of definitive documentation acceptable to the parties, the statement from Nikola said.
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