Nikola Motors will compete with Tesla in the tractor market in Europe
While Tesla is promoting its electric cars and tractor, Nikola Motors is trying to conquer the market with its own electro-hydrogen counterparts. In 2016, she presented the Nikola One and Nikola Two trucks capable of pulling heavy trailers over long distances. They are designed for the US market, but the company also intends to declare itself in Europe. Especially for this, she presented the third tractor – Nikola Tre.
Unlike the American versions, the European tractor has a flat nose. There are two drive configurations: 6 × 4 and 6 × 2. The rest of the specifications are the same as for the Nikola One and Two models. Thus, the engine power ranges from 500 to 1000 hp, and the torque force reaches 2000 pounds. On one fuel reserve, the tractor can travel from 500 to 1,200 km, and it takes about 20 minutes to refuel.
According to Trevor Milton, the head of Nikola Motors, the truck will surprise people with excellent brakes and easy handling. It will be equipped with a 800 volt DC battery and a 120 kW hydrogen fuel cell. Also declared autonomy of the fifth level, that is, the truck can move even without the driver, through autopilot. To do this, it will be installed software to determine the best routes, and in the cockpit will be a touch screen.
This truck is really beautiful and very much expected in the European market. It will be the first European truck with zero emissions.
At the moment, the company is looking for a company that will manufacture Nikola Tre in Europe. She also collaborates with Nel Hydrogen, which by 2022 promises to install hydrogen filling stations. In the US, the first of these stations should open in 2019.
The prototype of Nikola Tre will be demonstrated in April 2019, as part of the Nikola World event. Testing will begin in 2020 on the roads of Norway. Based on the number of pre-orders, the company has already collected $ 11 billion. However, if we take into account that no deposit is required for processing, the real amount may be much lower.