Nikola Will Build E-Truck for Europe in Germany

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Nikola Will Build E-Truck for Europe in Germany

Nikola Motor Company has disclosed how it will produce its forthcoming Tre model in Europe. The battery electric Nikola TRE, which is based on the IVECO S-WAY, incorporates Nikola’s E-truck technology, controls and infotainment systems and is scheduled to be launched at the IAA 2020 commercial vehicle exhibition in Hannover, Germany.

IVECO and FPT say they have chosen Ulm, Germany, for production of the new e-truck. IVECO already operates a manufacturing facility in this southern German university town. Testing is expected to begin in mid-2020 with prototypes showcased at the IAA 2020 commercial vehicle exhibition in Hannover, Germany, this September, with the first units reaching customers in 2021.

Nikola Corporationis privately-held and headquartered in Arizona with the aim to design and manufacture hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen stations. Nikola is led by its visionary CEO Trevor Milton,an an American billionaire businessman who plans to create a fleet of thousands of futuristic hydrogen-powered trucks that can can travel up to 750 miles between fuelings at stations. Nikola has also announced plans to build battery-powered shorter range trucks that will compete directly with Elon Musk’s Tesla Semi which is also scheduled to begin production later this year.

The Nikola Tre is proving to be the most advanced articulated truck in the world and will continue to set the standard for zero-emission vehicles today and in the future,

said Trevor Milton, Nikola CEO.

The decision to volume produce the Tre in the city of Ulm is a fitting example of how to create jobs, foster innovation, provide certainty to new zero-emission part suppliers and serve as an example to other OEMs. The world is ready for zero-emission freight transportation, and the joint venture between Nikola and Iveco will be the first to deliver.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Nikola

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