The Nikola brand was present at the FPT Industrial stand at CES 2022, the leading international technology exhibition that was forced to close its doors one day ahead the schedule due to the Covid-19 outburst. Nikola has recently announced some significant agreement with future customers in the US. The manufacturer is closely connected to FPT, a powertrain component manufacturer belonging to the Iveco Group, newly listed to the Milan Stock Exchange.
FPT Industrial for Nikola: the integrated electric axle
Back to Las Vegas, the star of the shared exhibition was the integrated electric axle suitable for heavy commercial vehicles – Class 8 trucks. Delivering high performance (840 kW), efficiency and full sustainability, the e-axle was jointly developed for the BEV version of the Nikola Tre truck, whose joint production site with IVECO was inaugurated in September 2021 in Ulm (Germany). The first units of the Nikola Tre-exclusive e-axle are expected to be delivered to Nikola in 2022.
Letter of Intent signed with Saia LTL Freigth in the US
A few days ago, Nikola announced a collaboration with Saia LTL Freight (Saia), a less-than-truckload (LTL) company, to accelerate the implementation of heavy-duty electric transportation trucks. This collaboration includes a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase or lease 100 Nikola Tre heavy-duty battery electric vehicles following the satisfactory completion of a demonstration program. The latter will include three BEV trucks to be operated in separate locations across the Saia network and is expected to begin in the first half of 2022. Deliveries of 100 production vehicles are intended to occur between 2022 and 2024 with the initial 25 targeted for 2022.
“We are excited to partner with Nikola Corporation as we work to integrate battery-electric trucks into our tractor fleet”, said Saia President and CEO Fritz Holzgrefe. “We are deeply committed to conducting our business operations in a responsible and sustainable manner, reducing our impact on the environment while still providing our customers with exceptional service”.
“We are thrilled that Saia has chosen to work with us”, added Nikola President, Energy and Commercial Pablo Koziner. “Saia is a leader in the freight and logistics industry, and will be a key development partner for Nikola. This announcement represents another milestone in our continuous progress towards the delivery of zero-emissions vehicles, energy solutions and the sales and service network required to support our valued customers”.