New Nikola etruck for Europe….and NZ

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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

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