Nikola unveiled an electric Class 8 over-the-road truck this year, and it could face competition before the first one rolls off the assembly line. Elon Musk of Tesla Motors has promised to unveil an electric Tesla Semi in 2017.
GATINEAU, QC – The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nikola Motor Company suggests today’s truck manufacturers face a fate similar to Kodak, which watched its film business collapse during the advent of digital cameras.
“They [Kodak] were so powerful that they never expected to change anything,” Trevor Milton said in an address to the 66th annual meeting of the Quebec Trucking Association. “Why change something that already works?”
His Utah-based company is certainly looking to reinvent the idea of a Class 8 truck, as it looks to produce a hydrogen-powered electric model known as the Nikola One.
Alternative transportation fuels have been on the horizon for as long as most of us can remember, some of them seeming oh so close to commercial use, some a long way off. One of the options is hydrogen.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Nikola Motor Company has hired Jonathan Spira as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), at a time when the company focuses on expansion and funding efforts to put the first zero-emission heavy duty vehicles on the road.
Navistar unveiled its Catalist SuperTruck on September 28, reporting a 104% improvement in freight efficiency compared to the DOE’s control vehicle, managing a commendable 13 mpg. The truck also demonstrated an impressive 50.5% brake thermal efficiency, and Navistar says it’s on the path towards 55% BTE.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Nikola Motor Company is scheduled to unveil an electric Class 8 truck tonight, naming Ryder System as its exclusive distribution and maintenance provider, and announcing plans for a network of hydrogen fueling stations across Canada and the U.S.