US company Heniff Transportation Systems is expected to purchase a total of 100 Nikola Tre BEV trucks from Thompson Truck Centers, a member of the Nikola sales and service dealer network. It is another important step announced by Nikola in the US, after the letter of intent signed with Total Transportation Services, based in the Port of Los Angeles, only a few days ago. In the latter case, 100 BEV trucks are expected to be delivered in 2022 and 2023, anticipated by a four-truck pilot with 2 battery electric truck units and 2 FCEV trucks provided by Nikola.
The Nikola Tre trucks for Heniff: fleet-as-a-service
Heniff Transportation chose a fleet-as-a-service model where Thompson will provide the sales, service, maintenance, and energy infrastructure required to operate the Nikola Tre BEV trucks. Upon the successful initial deployment of 10 units into their bulk transport operation, Heniff and Thompson have agreed to pursue the placement of an additional 90 trucks into Heniff’s fleet. As stated in the official release, deliveries are expected to commence first half of 2022. Heniff is a family of companies working in the field of liquid bulk transportation, rail transloading, ISO depot operations, tank cleaning, and related maintenance. Their fleet counts over 2,000 tractors.
«After visiting with Nikola’s leadership team, touring the new Coolidge, Arizona manufacturing facility, and taking a test ride in the Nikola Tre BEV, we were impressed by the power, performance, engineering, and quality of the truck», said Bob Heniff, CEO of Heniff Transportation. «We see this partnership with Nikola and Thompson as a means to accelerate our strategy for electrification of our fleet and as a positive benefit for our customers, communities, employees, and stakeholders».
The importance of delivering innovative products
«With the rapid regulatory changes around electric vehicles, it is important for Thompson to deliver innovative products to our customers that will meet the new standards of zero-emissions for transportation», added Mark McDonell, COO of Thompson Machinery. «This partnership with Heniff Transportation is an exciting first step in their journey to add zero-emission vehicles in their fleet».
«The Nikola dealer network is a key component to delivering innovative zero-emissions products to our customers», explained Nikola Energy and Commercial President, Pablo Koziner. «Thompson will provide the sales, parts, and service solutions for the Nikola trucks purchased by Heniff, and also the related electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This agreement is intended to be a true turnkey solution, with the goal for Heniff Transportation to realize zero-emissions transportation with first-class dealer support».