Proterra and Nikola have announced a strategic agreement, according to which Proterra will supply its own battery packs for the Nikola Tre electric truck models manufactured by the US-based company resulting from a joint venture with IVECO. Proterra key components are expected to be incorporated in the Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and Tre fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). The first Proterra Powered Nikola semi-trucks are expected to be produced in the fourth quarter of 2022, with Proterra delivering prototype systems to Nikola starting in the second quarter of 2022.

Designed and manufactured in the United States, Proterra battery systems leverage industry-leading energy density and a customizable design to fit within a variety of vehicles. The global battery manufacturer has recently announced the construction of a brand-new battery plant in South Carolina. Talking about electric trucks, we know that Proterra will power the long-awaited Volta Zero trucks, as well as up to 10,000 commercial vehicles manufactures by Lightning eMotors.

Statements from Proterra and Nikola

«Class 8 trucks play a vital role in the U.S. and global economy but today are some of transportation’s worst polluters. Decarbonizing the trucking industry is core to Proterra’s mission and we are excited to join Nikola on this journey to help drive heavy-duty trucking to zero-emissions», said Gareth Joyce, Proterra CEO.

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«With the growing demand for the Nikola Tre BEV and FCEV, we have actively pursued battery supply through a dual source strategy», said Mark Russell, Nikola CEO. «We look forward to collaborating with Proterra, which is expected to bring industry-leading heavy-duty EV battery solutions to Nikola’s battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicle platforms».

Nikola signs another letter of intent for 50 zero emission trucks

As a matter of fact, the Nikola Tre BEV trucks, which will be also manufactured in Ulm, Germany, seem to be appreciated in the US, at least. Nikola has recently announced a new letter of intent (it’s not the first one…), this time signed with Covenant Logistic Group. The latter is expected to add soon at least 50 zero-emission trucks to its fleet. More into details, the company is interested in 10 Nikola Tre BEV trucks and 40 Nikola Tre FCEV trucks, then equipped with fuel cells. Delivery to Covenant of the first Tre BEV truck and mobile charging trailer for testing is anticipated to occur in Q2 2022, with the Tre FCEV testing expected to follow in 2023.

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«Nikola’s battery-electric and hydrogen roadmap fits perfectly with Covenant’s approach to sustainability as we increasingly work with customers to minimize their scope three emissions and meet their ESG initiatives. Adoption of BEV and FCEV technologies are an important part of Covenant’s long term commitment to the decarbonization of freight and we are excited about this opportunity to partner with Nikola to meet these goals», commented Matt McLelland, Covenant’s VP of Sustainability and Innovation.

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