Nikola Tre is a hydrogen semi for Europe
06. November 2018 - autoblog
Nikola Motor Company has been working on its hydrogen-powered semi trucks for years now, starting with the Nikola One with a sleeper cab, and a day-cab version called the Nikola Two, with plans to build out a hydrogen network to support them.
Now, Nikola has announced a third fuel-cell semi designed with Europe in mind. Called the Nikola Tre (meaning "Three" in Norwegian), it's Nikola's answer to Europe's call for sustainable trucking.
The Tre is similar in power — if not in exterior design — to its American siblings. It'll offer from 500 up to 1,000 horsepower, with up to 2,000 pound-feet of torque. It'll be available in 6x4 or 6x2 configurations. Driving range between fill-ups will be between about 310 to 745 miles, depending on how it's configured.
Nikola Motor Company Founder and CEO Trevor Milton said of the Nikola Tre:
"This truck is a real stunner and long overdue for Europe. It will be the first European zero-emission commercial truck to be delivered with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800V DC batteries and a redundant 120-kW hydrogen fuel cell, all necessary for true Level 5 autonomy. Expect our production to begin around the same time as our USA version in 2022-2023."
Nikola plans to offer a "Complete Leasing and Purchasing" program, which will cover the costs of ownership under a set monthly price, including hydrogen fuel, warranty and scheduled maintenance. Customers can trade in for a new vehicle every seven years. Whie the price hasn't been set, Nikola is currently taking reservations at its website. It says it will also offer the Tre tuck in Asia and Australia.
Nikola says it will begin testing the Tre in Norway around 2020. The company plans to have European hydrogen stations go into service in 2022, with a network covering most of that market by 2030.
The Tre will be officially unveiled to the public at Nikola World in Pheonix, Ariz. on April 16, 2019.