New Nikola etruck for Europe….and NZ
same powertrain as the Nikola One long-haul sleeper cab tractor unit and Nikola Two regional day cab tractor North American concepts.
It comprises a battery pack, an electric motor and controller system for traction and a 120kW hydrogen fuel cell as a range extender.
Tre announcement photos show a typically Euro 4x2 but Nikola says the cabover will be available as a 6x4 and 6x2 – and production should begin around the same time as the Nikola One and Two models…in 2022 or 2023.
e Tre has the potential to be used as a fully autonomous, level 5 platform with automated steering and braking. As with the Nikola One and Two, braking is predominantly regenerative – returning kinetic energy back to the batteries.
e drivetrain will be Nikola’s proprietary independent electric motor suspension system, with integrated e-axles. e running gear is derived from the Nikola One and Two, with fully independent suspension at each wheel position.
Milton says that the Tre has been designed in-house, with European design support – and with much commonality between the two models. However, restrictive length regulations in export markets such as Europe and the Asia-Paci c mean that the cabover will have a reduced maximum range compared to the North American conventionals ….simply because there’s less room to accommodate the hydrogen tanks.
e hydrogen is stored at 10,000 psi (700 bar) and can be refuelled in as little as 20 minutes.
Nikola says that the European hydrogen refuelling infrastructure will follow the North American mode, whereby the company says it will have more than 700 hydrogen stations across the USA and Canada by 2028, each capable of 2000-8000kg of daily hydrogen production.
Nikola says its plan is to have European stations start to become operational around 2022, to cover most of Europe by 2030.
e Nikola Tre shares the North American market Nikola One and Nikola Two conventionals’ hydrogen fuel cell, fully-electric power system