Nikola Motor has started taking reservations for Tre, the startup’s first hydrogen-electric truck built for the European market.
Nikola Motor, which less than a year ago announced plans to build a $1 billion hydrogen-electric semi truck factory in a suburb of Phoenix, said it’s in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility.
European testing is projected to begin in Norway around 2020, the company said.
The Tre — it means three in Norwegian — is still years away from production. CEO Trevor Milton said production will begin around the same time as its U.S. version between 2022 and 2023.
But it illustrates Nikola’s global aspirations.
The U.S. and Europe have different trucking regulations. Nikola had to design a different model to meet those regulations before it consider trying to break into Europe.
The Tre will be built with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800V dc batteries and a redundant 120 kW hydrogen fuel cell, all necessary for true level 5 autonomy, Milton said in a statement. Level 5 is the highest level autonomy, a designation in which the vehicle handles all driving under all conditions.
The Nikola TRE will come will come in 500 to 1,000 horsepower versions. The …read more
Source: Tech Crunch