Check out Nikola's fuel cell electric truck

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The Nikola Tre FCEV is one of the first commercially available fuel-cell electric vehicles and fleets will be able to order one in just a few months.

In this video, we break down the specs with Nikola's President & CEO, Michael Lohscheller, and discover why this is one of the most advanced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. However, this truck is not entirely made by Nikola. They will be building the final FCEVs, but Bosch is actually the company behind the vehicle's hydrogen fuel cell power modules, a key component of hydrogen trucks. 


Speaker 1 (00:03):

Here's everything you need to know about the Nikola Tray Fuel Cell electric semi-truck, including real impressions from a test writer. This video was filmed at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo. For more coverage from this show, make sure to subscribe and click the notification bell so you don't miss another video.

Michael Lohscheller (00:23):

So Nikola will launch the fuel cell truck in the third quarter of this year, which is an exciting milestone for the company. And the fuel cell truck of Nikola has many outstanding capabilities. First of all, in terms of the range, our truck will go up to 500 miles, which is absolutely best in class. The fueling time is around 20 minutes, so that's also very important in an industry where uptime is everything. And it also comes with a lot of energy, 536 horsepower, which obviously is a lot. And overall, we feel we have a best in class truck and also very early in terms of time to market. We think the time is right now, and we are very happy to launch this truck in the second half of 2023.

Speaker 1 (01:04):

Nikola will be building the final truck, but Bosch is the company behind Nikolas Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Modules.

Michael Lohscheller (01:12):

So Bosch is a key strategic partner for us because first of all, Nikola is integrating many things. We can't and do not want to do everything ourselves. Our core competence is on the controls and the software. This is where Nikola is really good at, and Bosch is very helpful for us because they deliver the fuel cell power module, which is a key component of this fuel cell truck. They have a lot of experience in this area, so it's for us, a vital partnership. And I think partnerships are always good because you learn from each other.

(01:45)First of all, there's a very big benefit compared to diesel truck because there is much less maintenance. You have also batteries in the fuel cell truck, so that is a very low maintenance. Obviously there will be also maintenance on the fuel cell power module, but it's much less than for engine and transmissions, and that is an important benefit in your total cost of ownership calculation from a customer point of view. So you will have much less maintenance and that helps the business case.

Tyler Flynn (02:14):

My name is Tyler Flynn. I'm the director of Equipment for Savage Services. We're a material handling company. Our journey into the zero emission vehicle is not new, but we're looking for the next iteration. Right now, the battery electric vehicles have some challenges with charging that we're trying to overcome. Infrastructure has been very difficult to put in place. We have a hydrogen fueling station next door to us in Wilmington, California. So the hydrogen unit is a happy medium between what we're experiencing today and the future. The thing that I thought was most interesting is the cab over design. I know in many cases our drivers complain the conventional tractor has limited view, especially in high California traffic. So I think the cab over design will help some of those concerns. A lot of the other suppliers have hydrogen coming, but not really available yet. So super interested that Nikola can start delivering the end of this year. And I don't want to say I want to be single source, but they do have an interesting product line, and I like the design of it.

Speaker 1 (03:13):

To learn how Nikola is helping create the largest open network of hydrogen refueling stations in North America, click the video on screen now.