Nikola (pronounced Neek-oh-la) Motor Company’s advanced R&D team has achieved 100% zero emissions on the Nikola One electric commercial Class 8 truck. The prototype will be unveiled December 2, 2016, in Salt Lake City UT.
“While other companies have recently announced battery-powered semi-trucks, those trucks are restricted to a range of only a couple hundred miles and four to eight hours of charging between stops,” said Trevor Milton, founder and chief executive officer. “Nikola has engineered the holy grail of the trucking industry. We are not aware of any zero emission truck in the world that can haul 80,000 pounds more than 1,000 miles—and do it without stopping. The Nikola One requires only 15 minutes of downtime before heading out for the next 1,000 miles.”
As to why no one had accomplished this before, Milton said, “It requires a specific zero-emission refinement process of fuel and gutsy engineering and product execution. A traditional manufacturer would have to partner with an oil company, environmental group, electric vehicle engineering firm, a broad spectrum of suppliers, and a world-class consulting firm to have figured it out. At Nikola, all of our development and talent is under one roof.”
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the world’s first big rig that drives without a drop of fuel.
The new Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck has an electrically driven rear axle and is powered by three lithium-ion battery modules. The zero-emission vehicle has an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles).
Although the range is on the low side, the model is still a prototype. And, as Engadget pointed out, the “Urban” prefix implies that it’s meant for use in the cities instead of, say, cross-country hauls.
Daimler, the company tasked with creating the vehicles, said their eTruck will be ready for the market by the beginning of the next decade.
In addition to the zero-emission semi-truck, Nikola has initiated the first steps to manufacture emission-free power plants that range from 50 kilowatts to 50 megawatts, cutting power generation costs in half. Nikola believes this technology not only has the ability to transform America’s roadways, but also how the world will migrate toward zero-emission energy going forward.
Two months ago, Nikola announced more than $2.3 billion in reservations, totaling more than 7,000 truck reservations with deposits.
Nikola One’s truck leasing program costs $4,000 to $5,000 per month, depending on which truck configuration and options the customer chooses. The first million miles of fuel under the lease is included with each truck sale, potentially offsetting 100% of the monthly cost. An average diesel burns about $400,000 in fuel and can rack up more than $100,000 in maintenance costs over one million miles.
These costs are eliminated with the Nikola One lease. Now companies can have a zero emission truck with a return on their investment in the first month.
For complete details, see www.nikolamotor.com.