Nikola Develops Hydrogen Mobile Fueler

A heavy-duty, 700-bar hydrogen mobile fueler that can directly fuel hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles was developed by Nikola Corp., a provider of zero-emission transportation, energy supply, and infrastructure.

The high-pressure hydraulic tool industry’s agreed international standard for maximum working pressure is 700 bar (10,000 psi).

According to a news statement from Nikola, CEO Michael Lohscheller “has spent the better part of two years inventing a modular mobile fueling solution which cools and compresses hydrogen to fast fill 700-bar FCEV heavy-duty trucks.” “When used in conjunction with Nikola’s hydrogen tube trailer, which has a 960 kg capacity, the mobile fueler can refuel customer trucks one after the other. Beginning in 2023, this will provide adaptable hydrogen fuelling options for our clients, complementing Nikola’s upcoming permanent hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

The Phoenix-based business claims that Nikola’s mobile fueler program, which consists of both its own mobile fuelers and a number of third-party mobile fuelers, will offer Nikola’s customers a range of flexible fueling alternatives.

According to Carey Mendes, president of energy at Nikola, “Nikola’s mobile fueler program will be a crucial component of Nikola’s flexible customer service in its early years by providing hydrogen to its FCEV consumers at places which match their needs.”

The Nikola Tre FCEV must comply with the CARB’s Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project program’s requirements for zero-emission powertrains, according to a recent announcement by Nikola.

Following final HVIP approval, Nikola noted that buyers of the Nikola Tre FCEV in 2023 might be eligible for California’s state-based incentive worth $240,000 per truck, $270,000 for drayage fleets, or up to $288,000 per truck for fleets with 10 trucks or fewer, performing drayage operations, and situated in a low-income neighborhood.

Both drayage and non-drayage-eligible fleets are eligible to receive up to 50 HVIP certificates.

The Inflation Reduction Act’s passing means that, in addition to the funds supplied by HVIP, buyers of Nikola’s Tre FCEVs will be entitled to an additional $40,000 clean commercial vehicle tax credit from the federal government in 2023, according to the business.

The business stated that Nikola Tre FCEV is anticipated to have among the longest ranges of any commercially available zero-tailpipe pollution Class 8 tractors with a range of up to 500 miles while reaping weight savings when compared to Class 8 battery-electric vehicles with similar ranges.

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