Nikola Corp.. and its European partner Iveco have commercially launched Nicholas European Tre battery electric truck and unveiled the European Nikola Tre fuel cell electric beta at the IAA transport fair in Hannover, Germany on September 19.
The European 4×2 Artic (tractor) version of the Nikola Tre BEV is a zero-emission heavy-duty truck. According to the company, it has an unrivaled range of up to 530 km and the performance to suit a wide range of regional applications.
The European Nikola Tre FCEV in beta version has also made its debut, offering a glimpse of the future electric-powered semi-trailer for long-haul transport. The fuel cell truck is expected to launch in the second half of 2023 in North America and the first half of 2024 in Europe.
The Nikola Tre FCEV Artic 6×2 in beta version has a steering axle and a new cabin with improved aerodynamic performance. It can hold around 70 kilograms of usable hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bar. This capability, combined with its fast refueling time of less than 20 minutes, allows for a range of up to 800 km.
Orders open for European Nikola Tre BEV
The press conference marked the official opening of orders for the European 4×2 Artic version of the Nikola Tre BEV. The tractor is equipped with nine batteries with a total energy storage of up to 738 kWh, which provides a range of up to 530 km. An 80% charge takes about 100 minutes at 350kW.
With 480kW of continuous power from the FPT Industrial e-Axle, the truck has the power, torque and range to perform applications such as hub-to-hub deliveries and regional hauling, according to the announcement. , and its mileage can be extended with charging opportunity.
The European Nikola Tre BEV is produced by the Nikola Iveco Europe joint venture at its dedicated manufacturing plant in Ulm, Germany. The facility, which opened in 2021, has a final assembly process specifically designed for electric vehicles and operates to world-class manufacturing standards.
Nikola marked the start of commercial mass truck production of its Nikola Tre battery-electric Class 8 truck for North America in Coolidge, Arizona earlier this year.
“Nikola Tre’s battery-electric, fuel-cell zero-emission trucks are truly a game-changer in commercial trucking,” Michael Lohscheller, president of Nikola Corp., said in a press release. “Specifically developed as electric vehicles, they offer performance and a driving experience capable of rivaling their diesel-powered counterparts in the toughest missions. They offer operationally and financially viable zero-emission solutions for regional applications and long-haul transport that will give customers a real competitive advantage.
Luca Sra, President of the Heavy Duty Business Unit of the Iveco Group, said: “This is the first ever electrically-based modular platform for articulated heavy-duty tractors accommodating both power sources: electric to battery for missions of around 500 km and fuel cell electric powertrain for hauling up to 800 km in its first generation. A real revolution that marks a tangible step towards our ambitious goal of achieving zero-emission transport.