Nikola says its Class 8 trucks will be emissions free

Sept. 2, 2016
Nikola says its Class 8 trucks will be emissions free. Set to debut vehicles in December.

Nikola Motor Company announced it has achieved zero emissions with its electric-powered drivetrain.

The company said its electric drivetrain used in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be powered by a custom-built hydrogen-electric 800V fuel cell and that its hydrogen Class 8 trucks will be “more powerful than any other production diesel truck on the road and have a range of over 1,200 miles between fill-ups.”  “It will achieve nearly 20 MPG with zero emissions under full load, surpassing all the government mandates set forth for the next 10 years, including the EPA’s recently announced Phase 2 GHG standards,” according to Nikola.

“The desire to be 100% emission free in the U.S. and Canada is a critical piece of our long-term engineering and environmental efforts, not just in vehicle energy consumption, but also in how energy is produced.  Nikola will produce hydrogen via zero emission solar farms built by Nikola Motor Company.  These solar farms will produce over 100 megawatts each and will use electrolysis to create hydrogen from water. Even our manufacturing facilities will be run off of zero emission hydrogen energy,” said Trevor Milton, CEO, Nikola Motor Company. 

“Nikola plans to have a nationwide network of over 50 hydrogen stations for customers to begin fueling by 2020. This will make Nikola Motor Company the first company in the world to be 100% emission-free from energy production to transportation to consumption. Say goodbye to the days of dirty diesels and after treatment in the heavy duty class 8 market,” Milton added.

According to the company, more information will be announced about Nikola’s nationwide sales, service and warranty network in the coming weeks.

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