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Nikola to Officially Unveil Hybrid-Electric Truck on Dec. 1

November 03, 2016

The Nikola One hybrid-electric truck. Image: Nikola Motors
The Nikola One hybrid-electric truck. Image: Nikola Motors

Upstart commercial vehicle maker Nikola Motor Company is on track to unveil its flagship product, the Nikola One electric Class 8 truck, at a launch event on Dec. 1st.

In addition to the Nikola One, the company will also reveal its plans for its network of hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S. to support its hybrid-electric truck.

“Over 300 planned stations are going to be announced at the Dec. 1 event,” said Trevor Milton, Nikola’s CEO. “Nikola will have the largest hydrogen network in the world. We are proud to be on the forefront of this clean energy revolution.”

The Nikola One is a hydrogen-powered electric vehicle that is projected to have a range of 800 to 1,200 miles between fillups with an effective fuel economy of 15-20 mpg under full load.

The vehicle will also produce zero emissions, according to Nikola, surpassing the government’s standards including the EPA’s new Phase 2 greenhouse gas standards.

By using hydrogen to power its electric motor and batteries, the Nikola One can hoffer an extended range over a traditional plug-in electric vehicle while generating fewer emissions than a comparable diesel or alternative fueled hybrid, per the company.

“Nikola will begin selling hydrogen to non-Nikola customers for around $3.50 per kg, nearly half the current market price,” said Milton. “We believe that hydrogen power generation is a better deal per mile than plugging in for electricity.”

In a move that mirrors Tesla Motors, the company has been taking reservations for the unreleased Nikola One truck, which the company says has totaled nearly $3 billion in the first 30 days of availability.

Editor's Note: HDT will be covering the Dec. 1 Nikola One rollout event.


  1. 1. Jeff Johnson [ November 04, 2016 @ 04:14AM ]

    If they fail to unveil a working truck can we stop seeing news stories about this company? Everything about them seems like a scam. And they are so confused about what they are doing it's hilarious. A few months ago it was CNG powered and they were going to have a network of CNG filling stations and offer free CNG to owners of Nikola trucks. Now its switch to Hydrogen. I'd love to be proven wrong, but this seems worse than vaporware, its vaportruck.

  2. 2. tuckdtx [ November 04, 2016 @ 06:10AM ]

    The phrase "effective fuel economy" might cause a person to wonder. It will be interesting to see if it is calculated in a meaningful, repeatable, "real-world" way.

  3. 3. Russ [ November 04, 2016 @ 10:39AM ]

    Too bad it's such an ugly truck. Why can't the new vehicles, car or truck, look good? It seems they always make the wave of the future vehicles such ugly looking things that not many people buy them. Of course it will be different with the spineless trucking companies that really don't care how their equipment looks or if the drivers can have pride in it.

  4. 4. Vegas Truck Pimp [ November 04, 2016 @ 01:25PM ]

    If they have received over $3B in reservations why aren't we hearing about any of the major trucking companies that have purchased one?

  5. 5. Andrew Hendry [ November 05, 2016 @ 11:17AM ]

    Could someone clarify too make hydrogen you need electricity to break the bonds of water molecules, where does this clean electricity come from.
    At this moment 99 percent of electricity come from nuclear,gas and coal fired generating stations. So you remove a decently economic propulsion system for a so called clean one, we have to invest in a clean generating system before these vehicles become a clean viable alternative. Jus for arguments sake all diesel trucks where replaced for these units tomorrow how much less pollution would there be if you included the generation of power to produce the hydrogen.


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