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Nikola Motor shifts from all-electric, 2,000HP 18-wheeler to hydrogen fuel cells

Lucas Mearian | Sept. 1, 2016
Nikola will even use solar-power generated hydrogen fuel to run its manufacturing plant

Nikola Motors also claims the truck will achieve nearly 20MPG of hydrogen fuel with zero emissions under full load, surpassing all the government mandates set forth for the next 10 years, including the Environmental Protection Agency's recently announced Phase 2 GHG standards. The new standards, which begin in the model year 2021 and culminate in standards for model year 2027, would require fuel consumption of tractor trailers to drop as much as 24%.

The Salt Lake City startup also plans to produce hydrogen fuel via its own zero emission solar farms. The solar farms are expected to produce more than 100 megawatts of power each and will use electrolysis to create hydrogen from water.

"Even our manufacturing facilities will be run off zero emission hydrogen energy," Milton said in a statement. "The desire to be 100% emission free in the U.S. and Canada is a critical piece of our long-term engineering and environmental efforts, not just in vehicle energy consumption, but also in how energy is produced."

Nikola plans to have a nationwide network of more than 50 hydrogen stations for customers to begin fueling by 2020. This will make Nikola Motor Company the first company in the world to be 100% emission-free from energy production to transportation to consumption, according to Milton.

"Say goodbye to the days of dirty diesels and after treatment in the heavy duty class 8 market," Milton said.


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