Nikola Motor Company unveiled its highly anticipated Nikola One semi-truck at its Salt Lake City headquarters. The vehicle utilizes an electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries. Energy will be supplied on-the-go by a hydrogen fuel cell giving the Nikola One a range of 800 – 1,200 miles while delivering over 1,000 HP and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque – nearly double that of any semi-truck on the road. Never has a production model Class 8 truck achieved best-in-class fuel efficiency while also dramatically improving performance over its diesel competition – all with zero-emissions.
The Nikola One leasing program will include unlimited hydrogen fuel, warranty and scheduled maintenance during a 72-month term. At the launch event, Nikola Founder and CEO Trevor Milton also unveiled Nikola’s plan for a network of Nikola hydrogen fueling stations across the US and Canada. The plan is to begin construction of the fueling stations in January 2018.
Moreover, Nikola announced Ryder System, Inc. as its exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider. Ryder has a network of over 800 service locations in North America today. “We are extremely excited to finally show off the Nikola One to the public for the first time,” said Milton. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have one of the best brands in America, Ryder, as our trusted partner providing nationwide sales, service and warranty for Nikola Motor Company.”
Commenting on the new strategic partnership, Ryder’s President of Global Fleet Management Solutions, Dennis Cooke said, “We commend Nikola for its leadership in zero emission vehicles, and for its decision to partner with Ryder as their exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider. This relationship is key to expanding our advanced vehicle technology portfolio of innovative solutions. Ryder continually monitors emerging fleet technologies and seeks to establish relationships with companies that are leading innovation within the commercial transportation industry.”
Source: Nikola Motor Company