Nikola plans to make hydrogen the transportation fuel of the future. Plenty of hurdles remain to be overcome before that happens, but the strategy the company disclosed at Nikola World 2019 seems workable. One of the biggest challenges could be getting the rest of the world to see the solution as Nikola sees it.
There’s water, water everywhere, and little of it being transformed into fuel. Nikola Motor wants to change that – as well as the way fleets pay for trucks and their fuel – as it rolls out the new hydrogen-powered Nikola Two.
We sat down with Nikola Motor Co. CEO Trevor Milton at the Nikola World event in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the evening before he had introduced the Nikola Two hydrogen-electric truck to the world, to get his thoughts on the fueling infrastructure, the competition, hydrogen vs. electric trucks, and why he thinks truck drivers will be eager to switch from diesel.
With Nikola trucks launching in 2020 and in full production by 2021 and hydrogen fuel stations popping up across the country, hydrogen may become a serious factor for trucking sooner than we think.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began purchasing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles during the last fiscal year. Here are a few things fleets can learn from Caltrans’ experience.