Nikola One aims to change long-haul trucking industry
What the Tesla Model S did to the car business, same is going to be done by the Nikola Motor Company, a Utah-based startup. It has introduced a compressed natural gas-electric hybrid semi, which is going to bring some significant changes in the long-haul trucking industry.
The truck is called as the Nikola One, which was being developed in secret for the past three years. Among its key features include a 150-gallon dHybrid storage system present behind its cab that fuels a turbine generator. It boasts of six motors.
It is not a conversion truck. Trevor Milton, a former executive at dHybrid Systems, owns the company, who was of the view that the truck’s chassis was engineered specifically for the project. It has a unique independent rear suspension systems designed in combination with automotive component supplier Meritor.
The way it is with most hybrid and electric vehicles, Nikola One has regenerative brakes that charge the batteries on downhill stretches. Main aim of the company is to have a nationwide network of refueling stations to support its customers like it is with Tesla’s electric supercharger network.
Nikola is having its own CNG wells and will sell the fuel for $1.50 per gallon. There is an attractive offer for the first 5,000 buyers, as they will get one million miles’ worth of free. The truck costs $375,000.
According to Milton, many fleet operators have been involved in its development. Nikola is happy with its customers as it is having many orders. Nikola also has four-seat Nikola Zero UTV to offer. This Nikola vehicle is a 520 hp all-electric 4x4 side-by-side that can run underwater. Its on-board computer can operate each of its four motors independently to maximize grip and handling.
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