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Nikola Motor Company (another company that pays tribute to Tesla) is convinced that the long-distance trucks of the future should be powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
Although it has not delivered a single unit, the company has already presented a new design. While the original Nikola One and Nikola Two trolleys (basically two variants of the same design) were destined for the United States, the Nikola Tre was designed for Europe.
Designed to meet the Old World size and length restrictions, the new copy will be available in 500 and 1,000 horsepower versions and with an autonomy of 310 and 746 miles (500 and 1,200 kilometers).
Flat front and general square appearance are common in European trucks, but these days they are rarely seen in the United States. Nikola also said that the Tre will have hardware that will lay the foundations for autonomous driving.
In a press release, the company stated that it intends to start testing the vehicle in Norway around 2020 and that it is in the "preliminary planning stages" to choose the location of a European factory.
Nikola plans to start production of Tre around 2022 or 2023, at the same time plans to start production of trucks for the United States.
He is currently working with the Norwegian company Nel Hydrogen to supply hydrogen refueling stations in North America, an effort that will then expand in Europe. By 2028, Nikola designs 700 stations in the United States and Canada.
The company said it expects to have its first European online stations by 2022, with a network that will cover "most of the European market" by 2030.
Commercial vehicles with no emissions are gaining popularity. In addition to Nikola, Toyota is testing fuel cell trucks, albeit a short distance to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Meanwhile, Tesla and several other companies are developing battery trucks. Nikola sued Tesla, claiming that the design of the battery-powered truck of the latter is too similar to its fuel cell vehicle.
Nikola claims to have about $ 11 billion of reserves for its trucks, including an order of 800 units from Anheuser-Busch. But attracting potential buyers with great promises is easy. As other new companies have already shown, vehicle production is expensive and complicated. The real challenge will be to meet the promises of building trucks and supporting infrastructure.
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