Nikola set to return deposits for hydrogen tractor, waives deposit requirement on future orders

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Updated Mar 19, 2020

Reservation holders for Nikola Motor Company‘s hydrogen-electric Nikola One tractor are about to receive the equivalent of an income tax refund.

Company founder and CEO Trevor Milton said Wednesday the company will be returning the $1,500 deposit the company initially required to hold a reservation slot and that future reservations for the Nikola One or Nikola Two will not require deposits.

“We have decided to refund every deposit on all Nikola trucks and UTVs,” he says. “You keep your place in line and get your money back.”

Refunds, the company said through its Twitter account yesterday, will be processed within the next 60 days.

Terms of the order agreements themselves, including the full-service, 72-month lease that includes unlimited nationwide hydrogen fueling, are unaffected by the return of deposit money, the company says.

Nikola has hinted for weeks that the company has secured a large tractor order that will aid the company in building out its network of hydrogen stations, including the installation of 28 stations along the fleet’s routes. The company expects to be able to make a formal announcement in the coming weeks.

Nikola expects to begin testing of production units with fleets in January.

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected]