Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy solutions, celebrated the commercial launch of its groundbreaking hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle at its advanced manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona, under the HYLA brand.
This momentous occasion was attended by an array of stakeholders, including fleet customers, dealers, government officials, and community leaders, all instrumental in achieving this significant milestone. The event featured insightful remarks from Nikola executives, demonstrations of the hydrogen-powered trucks, discussions on sustainability impact, production line tours, and technology Q&A sessions with Nikola engineers.
Nikola’s hydrogen fuel cell electric truck boasts an impressive range of up to 500 miles and a fueling time estimated at just 20 minutes. This places it among the longest-range zero tailpipe emission Class 8 trucks available commercially, with applications ranging from drayage and intermodal to metro-regional truckload and specialized hauling.
As Nikola progresses steadily towards its strategic goals, it has received 223 non-binding orders for its hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks from 23 customers. Esteemed fleet operators like J.B. Hunt, AJR Trucking, Biagi Bros., and TTSI are among the growing list of customers embracing sustainable trucking.
The completion of Phase 2 assembly expansion at the Coolidge facility ushers in a new era in transportation. With a versatile mixed-model production line capable of manufacturing both hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric trucks, the facility stands ready to achieve an annual production capacity of approximately 2,400 trucks.
Moreover, progress on the fuel cell power module assembly line in Coolidge, slated for completion in Q4 this year, is evident, with Bosch supplying these critical modules.
In addition to production milestones, Nikola customers stand to benefit from state and federal incentives that make choosing Nikola even more economically appealing. California’s Air Resources Board Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, among others, offers substantial incentives, further bolstering Nikola’s appeal.
To ensure a reliable hydrogen supply, Nikola’s HYLA team is collaborating with partners on the development of hydrogen refueling stations along key California freight corridors. Additionally, a joint effort with Voltera aims to establish up to 50 HYLA stations across North America over the next five years.
With these significant awards and partnerships, Nikola is well on its way to creating a comprehensive network of commercial hydrogen refueling stations, laying the foundation for a sustainable and efficient future in transportation.