At IAA Transportation 2022, Nikola and IVECO shared their space on a very remarkable booth. The Nikola Tre BEV truck, along with the FCEV version of the heavy-duty truck developed by the Nikola-IVECO joint venture, was of course on display in Hanover. There, the two companies announced that orders for the Nikola Tre BEV truck are open in the European market. At the same time, the FCEV Beta version of the truck was unveiled at IAA.
The Nikola Tre BEV truck model, very soon on European roads
The European 4×2 Artic version of the Nikola Tre BEV is a zero-emissions heavy-duty truck with range of up to 530 km and the performance to complete a wide range of regional missions. The vehicle, which has a wheelbase of 4,021 mm, features nine batteries with a total energy storage up to 738 kWh, which delivers a range of up to 530 km. The infotainment system is based on Nikola’s new-generation proprietary operating technology that integrates infotainment and navigation functions, as well as controls for most of the vehicle’s functions. The European Nikola Tre BEV is produced by the Nikola IVECO Europe joint venture in its dedicated manufacturing plant in Ulm, Germany. The facility, inaugurated in 2021, features a final assembly process specifically designed for electric vehicles and operates to world-class manufacturing standards.
On the other hand, the European Nikola Tre FCEV in beta version is expected to launch in the second half of 2023 in North America and first half of 2024 in Europe. With a wheelbase of 3,932 mm, it can accommodate approximately 70 usable kilograms of hydrogen at 700-bar pressure. This capacity, together with its fast-refueling time of under 20 minutes, enables a range of up to 800 km.
Statements from Nikola and IVECO at IAA
“The Nikola Tre battery-electric and fuel cell electric zero-emission trucks are true game changers in commercial trucking,” said Michael Lohscheller, President, Nikola Corporation. “Specifically developed as electric vehicles, they deliver the performance and driving experience able to compete with their diesel-powered peers in the toughest heavy-duty missions. They offer operationally and financially viable zero-emissions solutions for regional applications and long-distance hauling that will give customers a true competitive advantage.”
“It is the first-ever electric-born modular platform for articulated heavy-duty tractors hosting both energy sources: battery-electric for missions of approximately 500 km and fuel cell electric powertrain for hauling up to 800 km in its first generation. A true revolution that marks a tangible step towards our ambitious goal of achieving a zero-emissions transport”, added Luca Sra, Truck Business Unit President, Iveco Group.