Nikola Tre electric cabover tractor was designed “in response to widespread interest from European customers.” 
 -  Image: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Tre electric cabover tractor was designed “in response to widespread interest from European customers.”

Image: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company announced it is developing the Nikola Tre, a fully electric hydrogen-powered day cab tractor aimed at markets in Europe.

The Tre (“tre” is Norwegian for “three”) was designed “in response to widespread interest from European customers,” but the truck maker noted that this high-cabover model will also be made available in Asia and Australia.

“This truck is a real stunner and long overdue for Europe,” said Nikola Motor Company CEO Trevor Milton.  “It will be the first European zero-emission commercial truck to be delivered with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800Vdc batteries, and a redundant 120 kW hydrogen fuel cell, all necessary for true Level 5 autonomy.

“Expect our production to begin around the same time as our U.S.A version in 2022-2023,” he added.

According to the company, the Nikola Tre will offer 500 to 1,000 hp, a 6x4 or 6x2 configuration, and a range of 500 to 1,200 kilometers, depending on options. The Tre will fit within current size and length restrictions for Europe.

European testing is projected to begin in Norway around 2020. Nikola also said it is in the preliminary planning stages to identify the “proper” location for its European manufacturing facility.

The company said attendees of its Nikola World event, to be held April 16 to 17 in Phoenix, will get to view a prototype display of the Nikola Tre, along with other new zero-emission products from Nikola, “including the production intent Nikola Two.” And just as with the already introduced North American-oriented Nikola One sleeper and Nikola Two day cab tractors, order reservations can be made online for the Nikola Tre.

In addition, Nikola said it is currently working with Nel Hydrogen of Oslo to provide hydrogen stations for the United States market.  “Nel has been good to work with for our U.S.A. station design and rollout, said Kim Brady, Nikola Motor Company CFO.

“We will work with Nel to secure resources for our European growth strategy,” Brady added. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but with the right partners, we can accomplish it.”

By 2028, Nikola said it is planning on having more than 700 hydrogen stations across the U.S. and Canada.  The company said each station will be capable of 2,000 to 8,000 kgs of daily hydrogen production. Nikola’s European stations are planned to come online around 2022 and are projected to cover most of the European market by 2030.

Registration for next spring’s Nikola World event in Phoenix will open on December 3 at  

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