The industry is all abuzz about Tesla's announcement of their new electric semi-truck, but what about the Nikola Motor Company's new hydrogen/electric hybrid? Like the Tesla, the Nikola will have a battery and its capacity will be 240-320 kWh, but instead of having to recharge the battery when stopped, the truck has a fuel cell that recharges the battery, and the fuel cell is fueled with compressed hydrogen.
Currently, Nikola Motor Company has two different models they are planning on releasing, the Nikola One sleeper cab, and the Nikola Two day cab. In order to supply the much need concentrated hydrogen they've partnered with Nel ASA to create 16 fueling stations covering over 2,000 miles, claiming to be (once it's finished) the largest hydrogen network in the world. Also, if for some reason the fuel cell were to fail, the truck should be able to travel 100-200 miles on a fully topped off battery, depending on the load being hauled at the time.
Nikola Motor Company is claiming their new truck will have:
Some of the additional features of the new hybrid semi include:
Some of the interior features of the Nikola One are:
While both the Tesla and the Nikola seem to be shaking up the industry, only time will tell if either or both companies' vision for the future of the semi-truck industry will survive. Nikola has already begun building its hydrogen fueling stations and is taking pre-orders on trucks they expect to be delivered beginning in 2020.