During this year's Advanced Clean Transportation Expo, Nikola's Hyla brand and infrastructure provider Voltera announced a partnership to develop up to 50 hydrogen refueling stations throughout North America over the next five years. This partnership underpins Nikola's announced plans to establish 60 stations by 2026.
Through this partnership, Nikola and Voltera said they would create the largest North American open network of commercial hydrogen refueling stations, providing fuel to vehicles from various manufacturers to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.
"Our partnership with Voltera will bring substantial capital and expertise to support Nikola's plans to build refueling infrastructure to support its customers," said Carey Mendes, president of Nikola Energy. "Voltera's expertise in building out zero-emission energy infrastructure will be a key enabler for Nikola's first-to-market hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks and fueling infrastructure. Nikola and Voltera have a shared commitment to the rapid deployment of infrastructure which is key to enabling the transition to a zero-emission economy."
Voltera will site, build, own, and operate the hydrogen refueling stations, and Nikola will supply the hydrogen fuel and provide technical expertise, the companies announced. In addition, the partnership aims to accelerate the deployment of the several billion dollars Voltera plans to invest in electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling facilities.
"Voltera's mission is to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles by taking on the complex and costly nature of developing the necessary infrastructure," said Matt Horton, CEO of Voltera. "By partnering with Nikola, we are expanding our focus beyond battery-electric vehicle charging in order to dramatically increase hydrogen fueling infrastructure, reduce barriers for operators buying vehicles at scale to enable mass adoption of hydrogen trucks."