Nikola, a start-up motor company based in the U.S, has officially launched their Nikola One vehicle, which is said to be a fully electric truck that gets its power from a hydrogen fuel cell. According to sources, the launch happened early December last year at a function in the company’s Salt Lake City headquarters, with the model’s final design being revealed by the founder and CEO of Nikola, Mr. Trevor Milton.
“We are extremely excited to finally show off the Nikola One to the public for the first time,” Milton shared. “There are many out there that wondered if we would deliver, but today we proudly show off the most advanced semi-truck ever built.”
During the invite-only launch event that was attended by nearly 600 personalities from the industry, Milton also admitted that the development of the much-awaited truck had been a difficult yet an important process that would help take the trucking industry to the next level.
“The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles,” Milton continued while explaining that his start-up company could take the chances on an ergonomic rig that a large corporation could not. “This truck will come to market. That I can guarantee,” he added.
Particularly, the Nikola One incorporates a fully electric drivetrain that is powered by market-leading lithium batteries. Its energy, as mentioned, will be supplied by a hydrogen fuel cell, giving the truck the ability to punch out 1,000 horsepower and deliver 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque. That is almost double that of any semi-truck model on the market today. It will also come with an unlimited hydrogen fuel and a scheduled maintenance over a term of 72 months. These, along with the warranty, were part of the leasing program that was unveiled during the launch event as well.
As per reports, the company has currently accepted Nikola One order reservations totaling almost $3 billion (A$4.04 billion).