Nikola Motor Unveils Hydrogen-Electric Heavy Truck for Europe


In response to widespread interest, Nikola Motors says, the company has designed a heavy-duty truck for European markets called the Nikola Tre. The hydrogen fuel cell electric truck works very similarly to the Nikola Two being developed for the North American market, with the Tre having a more European-centric cab-over design and use.

Nikola will officially unveil the Nikola Tre in prototype form at their upcoming Nikola World event in April 2019. It will be shown alongside the production-intended Nikola Two semi-truck.

The Nikola Tre has 500 to 1,000 HP, 6×4 or 6×2 configurations and a range of 500 to 1,200 kilometers depending on options. The Tre will fit within the current size and length restrictions for Europe.

European testing is projected to begin in Norway around 2020. Nikola is also in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility.

Nikola is currently working with Nel Hydrogen of Oslo to provide hydrogen stations for USA. By 2028, Nikola is planning on having more than 700 hydrogen stations across the USA and Canada. Each station is capable of 2,000 to 8,000 kgs of daily hydrogen production. Nikola’s European stations are planned to come online around 2022 and are projected to cover most of the European market by 2030.