Nikola Motor Company – another new electric startup – has now taken the wraps off their One semi-truck during an event organized at the company’s headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It looks to provide a jolt to the trucking business by means of incredible specifications – more than 1,000 horsepower and an astonishing torque of 2,000 lb-ft (2,711 Nm), as well as no range anxiety thanks to an autonomy of the hydrogen-electric truck between 800 and 1,200 miles (1,287 to 1,931 kilometers) on a single charge, with the variables being the hydrogen tank and battery specification.
There’s a massive 320-kWh lithium battery incorporated in the frame rail and sending power to the semi’s electric motors, and according to Nikola Motor Company founder and CEO Trevor Milton, the Nikola One will return the equivalent of 15.4 miles per gallon. This means it should be about two times more fuel efficient than a standard diesel-powered semi and around 2,000 lbs (907 kg) lighter. Filling with hydrogen will be resolved easily at the company’s 364 stations that should commence construction in January 2018 in the United States and Canada.
A factory will be needed for production – an announcement in that respect is expected mid-next year and the billion dollars plant should be able to churn out 50,000 examples per year. Before that happens, the first 5,000 units will be produced in cooperation with Fitzgerald – preorders have already amounted to more than $4 billion and initial customer deliveries are expected before 2020. There’s also a more affordable Nikola Two version in the making and the clients will only lease the trucks – paying between $5,000 and $7,000 per month for 72 months will give them the vehicle as well as unlimited miles and unlimited free hydrogen, alongside warranty and scheduled maintenance and a free trade in of the truck for a new one every 72 months / 1,000,000 miles (whichever comes first).