December 6, 2016 by Eric Kirkendall
Nikola announces “The end of diesel engines”, promises zero-emissions semi-truck with 1200 mile range by 2020
On December 1, Utah start-up Nikola Motor Company unveiled a fully operational truck they say spells the end of diesel-powered trucking – the Nikola One – a zero-emissions Class 8 semi-truck with sleeper cab that will carry a full load for a very long distance.
“Say goodbye to the days of dirty diesel…”
Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company
This is truly a zero emissions truck, with solar-generated hydrogen used in a fuel cell under the hood to charge batteries that power electric motors on each wheel. The only emissions are water vapor. The truck will generate over 1000 horsepower (twice that of most production trucks), and have a range of 1200 miles and a huge amount of torque. The specifications for the truck are nothing short of amazing – check them out here.
To provide the national infrastructure needed, Nikola plans to build a network of almost 400 solar-powered hydrogen generating and refueling stations, and to lease the trucks through the Ryder System, which will also provide maintenance and other services. The cost – just $5-7,000 per month to lease a truck, with free fuel for the first million miles.