Nikola Motor Company Announces U.S. and Canadian Class 8 Trucks Will Be Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered and 100% Emission Free

SALT LAKE CITY. August 30, 2016-- Nikola (pronounced Neek-oh-la) Motor Company recently announced that it achieved zero emissions with its electric-powered drivetrain. At that time, details about how Nikola achieved zero emissions were kept confidential pending finalization of key supplier agreements. View Full Press Release.

From Our Customers

"We are SO EXCITED to be part of the Nikola One™ rollout! To be given the opportunity to lease such an innovative and clean-energy truck, and at a price LESS THAN our current fuel costs alone is amazing in itself. That the lease also includes all scheduled maintenance, 100k gallons of hydrogen, and the chance to upgrade to another new truck after 72 months or one million miles, is beyond too good to be true! We are SO looking forward to being able to sleep all night in a full size bed at a comfortable temp, without having to get up to start the engine every couple hours. My husband is so sold on the Nikola One™, he is talking it up at every stop. Last night he got another driver so excited, he also made a reservation on the spot! Thank you so very much for extending this opportunity to individual lease/owner operators. We appreciate it immensely."

Donna & Dave

We get asked about the cost of ownership more than anything else. For this reason, we created the Nikola™ Complete Leasing Program. This will allow owner-operators and fleets to get into a new Nikola One™ and know their total cost of ownership every single month, regardless of fluctuating fuel costs and miles driven. On approved credit, the Nikola™ Complete Leasing Program will offer unlimited miles, unlimited hydrogen fuel, warranty and scheduled maintenance, all for only $5,000 - $7,000 per month (depending on options and trim). Then for no additional cost, you can trade-in for a new Nikola One™ every 72 months or 1,000,000 miles, whichever comes first. Whether you drive 8,000 miles per month solo or 16,000 miles per month as a team, your fuel cost is covered by Nikola™. Tax, title and license not included. More information will be updated to reservation holders and our website regarding details of the lease program.

Already reserved a Nikola One™? Don't worry, you will have the choice to choose between buying or leasing later on when we finalize the design and order with you.

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*Based on diesel cost of $2.50 per gallon, diesel MPG of 6, and free* hydrogen fuel from Nikola™ as part of the Nikola™ Complete Leasing Program.


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    Torque1,650 ft-lbs2,000 ft-lbs
    Range500-750 miles800 - 1,200 miles
    Top Speed Up Hills (6%)20 - 40 MPH65 MPH
    On DescentExhaust & Friction BrakesRecharging & Saving Brakes
    Acceleration 0-60 MPH Under Load60 seconds30 seconds
    MPG5.5 MPG10 - 15 MPG
    Weight19,000 - 23,000 lbs18,000 - 21,000 lbs
    Nikola Power


    The custom electric motors of the Nikola One™ operate at 95% efficiency, so when it comes to hills they are quicker going up and saving money going down. While other trucks are losing energy and riding their brakes, Nikola One™ is capturing energy and saving its brakes, minimizing noice and cost.

    Nikola Acceleration


    While diesel engines require high RPM's to reach peak torque, the Nikola One™ electric motors hit peak torque almost instantly.

    Instant torque combined with all wheel drive give Nikola One™ the ability to accelerate nearly 2x faster than a stock diesel tractor.

    Nikola MPG

    2-3x MORE

    There are several factors that give Nikola One™ the advantage when it comes to fuel economy:

    • Better aerodynamics
    • Using energy only when needed (no idling)
    • Charging batteries via regenerative braking
    • 6X4 four-wheel drive - pulling and pushing at the same time
    • Up to 95% efficient electric motors
    • Up to 60% efficient fuel cell
    Nikola Weight


    When pulling at max capacity, every pound counts.

    With nearly 2,000 lbs of weight savings on the chassis, owners can throw more goods on each load. Every pound after max load may be worth as much as $.50. By saving up to 2,000 lbs, owners could earn approximately $1,000 in extra revenue from every load, every day. Owners that run at full load could see up to $30,000 or more each month in revenue straight to the bottom line.

    Aerial Surround VisionNoYes
    Stopping Distance Under Full Load300 ftLess than 150 ft
    Driver EntryObstructedUnobstructed Mid-Cab
    Center of GravityHigh Above Frame RailAt or Below Frame Rail
    Torque VectoringNoYes
    6X4 Four-Wheel DriveNoYes
    Nikola Surround Vision


    The advanced surround view system shows the driver on the 15 inch touchscreen a virtual aerial view of the area around the truck and trailer in real time, making blind spots a thing of the past.

    Several high definition cameras throughout the vehicle combine with radar, sonar and computing software and hardware to provide 360° views. Utilizing this technology while backing and driving optimizes visibility and safety.

    Nikola Stop Faster

    2 X FASTER

    Safety standards require trucks to stop under full load in under 300 ft.

    With 6X4 regenerative braking and air disk brakes, our electric semi truck can stop nearly 2x faster than any other semi truck on the market - cutting stopping distance in half. Nikola One™ begins braking within 10 milliseconds; hundreds of times faster than advanced air-only disc brakes. Negative torque applied by the same electric motors brings braking to a whole new level.

    Nikola Panoramic Views


    Without a heavy, noisy, cumbersome diesel engine in the front of the vehicle, Nikola™ was able to move the driver forward, add a panoramic windshield, and give the driver better visibility from more angles. This means safer driving, better visibility and less accidents.

    Nikola Mid-Cab Entry


    A large number of driver injuries occur simply from entering and exiting the vehicle. The patent pending design of the mid-cab entry sliding door on the Nikola One™ drastically reduces the possibility of these accidents occurring.

    A standard class 8 truck requires the driver to climb up and into the vehicle at the front of the cab where his entry is obstructed by the seat and the steering wheel. This awkward action of climbing in and out is repeated several times a day. With the mid-cab entry design of the Nikola One™, the driver simply and safely walks straight into the cab and then up between the front seat to access the cockpit, much like an airplane.

    Nikola Lower Center of Gravity


    Diesel powered tractors have a high center of gravity due to the natural placement of the engine and weight of the cab to support the engine.

    Nikola™ has lowered the center of gravity by removing the diesel engine, transmission, emissions equipment and installing batteries, electric motors and a fuel cell below the frame rail. This keeps the center of gravity lower than any other semi truck on the market. Lower center of gravity means more control and safer driving.

    Nikola Torque Vectoring


    Torque vectoring is one of the most advanced features for heavy duty trucking. It allows control of each wheel independently through drive-by-wire. By communicating with the motors up to 30 times a second, the speed of each wheel can be adjusted while cornering, maneuvering, accelerating and braking - making it safer for drivers.

    Nikola One Inside


    1 Front Radiator Assembly

    Massive electric fans attached to world class radiators. These fans can scale through software to the correct RPM needed to keep the truck, batteries, cab, fuel cell, motors and gearboxes nice and cold under any circumstance. No more power take off units (PTO's), as seen in traditional diesel tractors. These electric motors are 95% efficient - a first for the trucking industry.

    2 Nikola™ Motor Gearbox / Steering Front End

    A 14,000 lb front end, custom made to incorporate two electric motors and two gearboxes allowing for torque vectoring and best in class performance while providing a smooth ride for the driver.

    3 Power Electronics

    The truck needs a sophisticated power-electronics box to manage the energy the fuel cell produces. This custom built device took nearly a year to develop. It takes 200 kW of energy, cleans it up, then dumps it in the batteries at a constant 800V DC - keeping the batteries topped off when needed.

    4 Nikola™ Battery Storage System

    There are over 32,000 individual lithium-ion cells welded together on the Nikola One™, resulting in a 320 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack. That is 3x the pack size of a Tesla Model S P90D.

    5 Chiller and Air Tanks

    The 800 volt chiller provides cold water to cool the batteries and, like many parts on the truck, was custom built. The air tanks keep the backup air disc brakes DOT compliant and offer redundancy - another first in the transportation industry.

    6 Fuel Cell

    The fuel cell outputs nearly 300 kilowatts (kW) of clean energy straight to the batteries, keeping them charged. This proprietary fuel cell has the ability to turn on and off within seconds. The fuel cell runs on zero emission hydrogen.

    7 Hydrogen Fuel System

    The battery bank is charged by a fuel cell, which needs fuel. There is enough hydrogen on board to power this truck up to 1,200 miles without stopping to fill up.

    8 Rear Motor Gearbox Housing and Independent Suspension

    This patent-pending, custom built housing can support up to 46,000 lbs. and holds both electric motors and gearboxes. It also helps support the first ever Short Long Arm (SLA) suspension in the linehaul industry - creating a super smooth ride.

    9 5th Wheel

    The innovative HOLLAND FWAL aluminum fifth wheel is the lightest weight standard duty fifth wheel in the industry. Lighter than competitive fifth wheels, the FWAL is designed for standard-duty applications and forged from the same alloy as Alcoa's aluminum truck wheels. The LowLube technology reduces customer maintenance time and costs, while keeping our environment cleaner.

    Nikola Solar Farm


    Nikola™ is in the process of developing multiple 100-megawatt solar farms to create hydrogen from electrolysis. Nikola™ will convert solar energy to hydrogen on-site using only energy and water, making it the only fuel that is zero emission from production to consumption. The hydrogen is then transported from the Nikola™ solar farms to Nikola™ hydrogen stations by a fleet of Nikola One™ trucks, running on zero-emission electric-hydrogen powertrains. The hydrogen is stored at Nikola™ stations in liquid form, and then dispensed into vehicles as compressed or liquid hydrogen. From energy creation to energy consumption, the entire process is 100% emissions free with Nikola™.


    Nikola Hydrogen Process
    Nikola One Hydrogen Station


    Nikola™ trucks can refuel with hydrogen from any hydrogen station, or can fill at one of the 56 planned Nikola™ hydrogen stations. Nikola will provide *free hydrogen fuel for the first 1,000,000 miles for any Nikola One™ truck in the fuel program. Trucks and cars not part of the Nikola™ fuel program can fill up at any Nikola™ station for the low price of $4.00 per kG of hydrogen.

    Planned Nikola™ Hydrogen Stations

    Nikola Motor Company™ currently has 56 strategically positioned hydrogen stations planned across the U.S. and Canada, and many more to come. With a range of 1,200 miles, we have you (and the entire country) covered. Below are the first 56 stations going up. A radius of 500 miles demonstrates how Nikola™ can cover the entire country and ensure drivers have access to fuel when and where they need it. Over time, Nikola™ anticipates having hundreds of stations across the country.

    Nikola Hydrogen Staions

    1. Albany, NY
    2. Albuquerque, NM
    3. Amarillo, TX
    4. Atlanta, GA
    5. Baton Rouge, LA
    6. Billings, MT
    7. Bismarck, ND
    8. Boise, ID
    9. Calgary, AB, Can
    10. Coeur d'Alene, ID
    11. Columbus, OH

    12. Dallas, TX
    13. Denver, CO
    14. Des Moines, IA
    15. Detroit, MI
    16. El Paso, TX
    17. Ellensburg, WA
    18. Grand Junction, CO
    19. Houston, TX
    20. Indianapolis, IN
    21. Jacksonville, FL
    22. Kamloops, BC, Can

    23. Kansas City, MO
    24. Las Vegas, NV
    25. Lexington, KY
    26. Los Angeles, CA
    27. Madison, WI
    28. Medford, OR
    29. Miami, FL
    30. Minneapolis, MN
    31. Montgomery, AL
    32. Montreal, QC, Can
    33. Murdo, SD

    34. Nashville, TN
    35. Oklahoma City, OK
    36. Philadelphia, PA
    37. Phoenix, AZ
    38. Portland, OR
    39. Richmond, VA
    40. Roanoke, VA
    41. Salina, KS
    42. Salt Lake City, UT
    43. San Diego, CA
    44. San Francisco, CA

    45. St George, SC
    46. St George, UT
    47. Springfield, IL
    48. Tampa, FL
    49. Toronto, ON, Can
    50. Vancouver, BC, Can
    51. Waterville, ME
    52. Wilson, NC
    53. Winnemucca, NV
    54. Winnipeg, MB, Can
    55. Worcester, MA
    56. Nipigon, ON, Can

    Nationwide Hydrogen Stations

    In emergencies, drivers can always fill up at any other hydrogen station. If you have to fill up at a Non-Nikola™ station once or twice, just pay their rate and continue on. Remember, you are alotted 1,000,000 miles worth of hydrogen per truck.

    Nikola Solar Farm

    FOR 1,000,000 MILES?

    There is currently a per gallon federal credit to the station owner (Nikola™), so Nikola™ is able to build that into the price of the truck when purchased and can then realize those savings and give customers the pre-purchased fuel for the first 1,000,000 miles. Moving forward, taxes may go up. Nikola™ believes in zero emission hydrogen and hopes to transfer America off of diesel as soon as possible.

    At Nikola Motor Company™, we've decided to invest in American energy. Nikola™ owns its own solar farms that produce hydrogen along with the Nikola One™ fleet that transports the hydrogen from the farms to the stations. Complete vertical integration removes market uncertainties and allows Nikola™ Motor to control its own prices and keep them low for Nikola™ customers.

    Fuel Price Security

    With Nikola™ Motor, the trucking industry's largest variable expense (fuel) is now fixed, predictable, manageable, affordable and guaranteed.

    Nikola Savings


    The range of a Nikola One™ is 800 - 1,200 miles between fill ups of hydrogen depending on terrain and load. That means a driver can take a cross country trip and make only a few stops along the way. Typical filling times range from 15 - 20 minutes, just enough time to grab a drink or a bite to eat, and then get back on the road.


    Get up to 1,200 miles on a single hydrogen fill. With the many strategically positioned Nikola™ hydrogen stations, drivers can now fill up in San Francisco or L.A. and travel across country to New York or Florida, barely needing to stop to refuel. With increased efficiencies, the Nikola One™ can go longer distances. This means less time at the pumps and more time on the road, saving time and money.

    Nikola Range

    HOW DO I

    You don't! It is all done automatically. Nikola One™ trucks charge on their own primarily through the sophisticated hydrogen fuel cell. The Nikola™ fuel cell kicks on whenever energy is needed and shuts off automatically. Drivers never need to worry about plugging in or waiting.


    In addition to the fuel cell, the batteries are also constantly receiving power through rotational energy via regenerative braking technology. With Nikola™ Motor, drivers receive the most efficient vehicle power system in the world.

    Nikola Recharging


    The Nikola One™ 15 inch touchscreen controls most of the vehicle's functions. The touchscreen displays and controls a variety of vehicle dynamics including battery levels, range, wheel torque, cabin controls, navigation and vehicle data - a first for heavy duty trucking.

    AM/FM/HD radio, on-demand Internet radio, Bluetooth®, and USB audio devices.

    Simple, intuitive Google Maps™ with real time traffic information.

    Several high definition cameras throughout the vehicle for backing and 360° views while driving, optimized for visibility and safety.

    Driving personalization, climate controls, and cabin controls.

    Bluetooth-enabled, voice controlled handsfree phone system.

    Real time energy consumption and range estimation.

    Nikola One™ periodically receives 4G uplink software updates over the air that refresh the touchscreen look and feel and add new features.

    Nikola One Interior


    After asking drivers what they wanted most in a new truck, a larger cabin was one of the most sought after features on the list. By removing the diesel engine, redesigning the cab and moving the driver forward, Nikola™ has added nearly 30% more cabin space for optimal comfort.

    • Mid-Cab Entry for safety
    • No seat in the way to enter cab
    • Two Full Size Beds
    • Full Size Fridge & Freezer
    • Big Closet
    • Microwave
    • Computer Desk

    • Climate Control
    • Bluetooth® & USB/AUX
    • Integrated Apple TV
    • 40” Curved LED 4K TV
    • Wifi & 4G LTE Internet
    • 12V & 110V Outlets Throughout
    • More Storage than Other Cabs


    Nikola™ Motor Services Portal gives service representatives up to the minute delivery times and customer systems data, allowing for fast and efficient repairs, keeping teams on the road.

    View purchase orders, invoices, payment records, service manuals, training videos and more, all online. With 4G uplink, Nikola™ can update trucks over the air and always have them ready to drive.

    Fleet owners can go online at anytime and view trips, track miles, see energy consumption and view driver histories. Track vehicles by simply signing in and track it just like a lost phone. With GPS tracking, trucks have never been more trackable.

    Torque1,650 ft-lbs2,000 ft-lbs
    Range500 -750 miles1,200 miles
    Top Speed Up Hills (6%)20 - 40 MPH65 MPH
    On DescentExhaust & Friction BrakesRecharging & Saving Brakes
    Acceleration 0-60 MPH Under Load60 seconds30 seconds
    MPG5.5 MPG10 - 20 MPG
    Weight19,000 - 23,000 lbs18,000 - 21,000 lbs
    Stopping Distance300 ftLess than 150 ft
    Interior CabStandard30% More sq ft
    Center of GravityHigh Above Frame RailAt or Below Frame Rail
    Torque VectoringNoYes
    6X4 Four-Wheel DriveNoYes
    Extra Value per Load$0.00$1,000 ($0.50 per lb)
    CPM in Fuel$0.60 - $0.85$0.20 - $0.30
    Longevity500,000 Miles1 Million Miles+
    Lease Payment$2,200$5,000
    Fuel per Month$10,000$0.00
    Maintenance per Month$0.12 per mile$0.06 per mile
    Motor Type800V AC Motors
    Battery Capacity320kWh Lithium Ion
    TransmissionDirect Drive With Low-Noise Gears
    Drive System Type6X4 Four-Wheel Drive
    TransmissionTwo Speed Automated
    Active Descent ControlComes Standard
    CoolingBiodegradeable Non-Electrically Conductive Liquid Coolant
    FrameSteel & Aluminum
    5th WheelsAlcoa Aluminum
    Front AxlesNikola™ 12-14.6K lbs.
    Front SuspensionIndependent
    Rear AxlesNikola™ – Tandem – 40-46K lbs.
    Rear SuspensionIndependent
    Rear HubsAlcoa Super Singles
    Front BrakesMeritor EX225 Air Disc with Regenerative Electric Motor Braking
    Rear BrakesMeritor EX225 Air Disc with Regenerative Electric Motor Braking
    Parking BrakeAir Parking Brake
    HoodCarbon Fiber
    BumperAerodynamic Body Color Matched Aluminum
    Front Tires295 75 R22.5
    Rear Tires445 50 R 22.5
    WheelsCast Aluminum Alcoa
    Fuel TanksCryogenic Hydrogen
    CabCarbon Fiber
    Bed SizeFull Size Mattress
    Ground ClearanceTBD
    Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H)TBD
    Payload Capacity65,000 Lbs
    Person CapacityTeam Driver
    Air DryersMeritor Wabco
    Air TanksAluminum
    Estimated Dry Weight18,000 - 21,000 lbs
    Fifth WheelHOLLAND FWAL aluminum fifth wheel
    Display Monitors15" Infotainment (2) 7" Instrument Clusters (1) 10" Heads up
    Color / GraphicsWhite, Red, Blue
    Electronic Power Steering800V electric driven hydraulic power steering
    LightingWhite LED, High/Low & Red LED Tail/Brake Lights
    InstrumentationDigital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tripmeter, Tachometer, Coolant Temperature, Volt Meter, Hour Meter, Service Indicator, Clock, Distance to Empty, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp Light, Seatbelt Reminder Light, 2 DC Outlets

    Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we have received. They are organized alphabetically by category, not in order of relevance.


    Q: What is the warranty on the battery pack?
    A: Each battery pack is warrantied for the life of the lease which is earliest of 7 years or 1,000,000 miles.

    Q: What is the size of the battery pack for the Nikola One™?
    A: The Nikola One™ prototype has a 320 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack. The production model battery pack for the Nikola One™ might be slightly larger or smaller, depending on electric motor power needs as determined during testing.

    Q: What kind of cells are in the battery packs?
    A: The Nikola One™ battery pack cell size is 18650 lithium ion. There are several top manufactures of these cells, and we are still deciding which brand of lithium ion cell we will use based on which will provide the best performance. Once we have chosen a manufacturer, we will make an announcement.

    Q: How much does the battery pack weigh?
    A: The weight of the battery pack will depend on the final size of the production model battery pack. We estimate the production model battery pack will weigh between 3,000-4,000 lbs., which is significantly lighter than the diesel engine that has been removed.

    Q: Is the battery pack weatherproof? Will it erode due to harsh or extreme conditions?
    A: Each battery pack will be IP67 rated, which means it can withstand being submerged in water without shorting out or catching on fire. The battery pack will be tested under the harshest conditions to ensure suitability in extreme climates even when being blasted with road salt.

    Q: How far can the Nikola One™ travel on the battery pack alone?
    A: Each Nikola One™ is outfitted with an onboard range extending fuel cell that will automatically charge the battery pack when needed. If the onboard fuel cell were to fail, the Nikola One™ can travel around 100-200 miles at full battery level, depending on the size of the load. The Nikola One™ also has a charging port to help top off the batteries whenever you are resting.


    Q: What features are included in the Nikola One™ Cab? Can I customize my cab?
    A: Each Nikola One™ will have a state of the art cab, providing comforts never offered before on production models. Cabs can be ordered and customized with many options that will soon be announced, but for now, here are some of the options we plan to offer;

    Q: What cab configurations will Nikola™ offer?
    A: The Nikola One™ is a sleeper cab and is currently the only model of truck offered. We will soon release more information on a day cab option that we plan to have in production around the same time as the Nikola One™. These will be the only two models offered initially by Nikola™ Motor.


    Q: How much does the Nikola One™ cost?
    A: The Nikola One™ will only be availble through the Nikola™ Complete Leasing Program. There will be no purchase options available initially. The lease is $5,000 - $7,000 per month and includes; unlimited miles, unlimited fuel, warranty and scheduled maintenance for the first 1,000,000 miles or 7 years, whichever comes first.

    Q: What happens after my lease is up?
    A: Our goal is to provide a driver with a new truck every 1,000,000 miles or 7 years, whichever comes first. That means, after 1,000,000 miles you can renew your lease and trade in for a new Nikola One™, giving drivers an even playing field with fleets.


    Q: Will Nikola™ Motor have dealerships?
    A: For the most part, no. Nikola™ Motor will work with existing dealerships to give you nationwide coverage.

    Q: How can I apply for a Nikola™ Dealership?
    A: We have not announced where we plan to establish franchised dealerships, but if you would like additional information when it is available, please submit your information here.


    Q: How does electric driving work? Are there any gears or a clutch?
    A: There is no clutch with the Nikola One™. It isn't needed. There is simply an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal. Just press either pedal to stop or go. It is that simple.

    Q: How is the torque compared to a diesel?
    A: With 4 electric motors, you get a unique 6x4 experience with full torque nearly all of the time. This means you do not have to hit a certain RPM to get torque. You just hit the pedal and instantly you have torque, another benefit of the electric motor. From 1MPH to 75MP, you get near 100% torque. That's an advantage you only dream about with a diesel truck.

    Q: What noises will I hear from the electric motors?
    A: With electric motors, you only hear the noise of the radiator and gears. It is pretty quiet. You will be surprised by what other pleasant sounds you can now hear when you don't have a noisy diesel engine drowning them out.

    Q: What about braking?
    A: The Nikola One™ uses the electric motors to do most of the braking, which also charges the batteries at the same time. The electric motors can be reversed to slow you down much faster while remaining nearly 100% silent. Say good-bye to noisy engine brakes. When needed, the air disc brakes will kick in to assist the motors. This will extend the life of your air disc brakes by nearly 3-4x and give you almost double the stopping power. This is yet another safety feature offered by the Nikola One™ truck when compared to a typical class 8 diesel truck.


    Q: How often do I need to refuel?
    A: The Nikola One™ has a fuel cell onboard that charges the batteries. This fuel cell runs on 100% zero-emissions hydrogen and will need to be refueled every 800-1,200 miles depending on terrain and load size.

    Q: How often do I need to charge the batteries?
    A: You don't. The truck has a fuel cell onboard that automatically charges the batteries for you. You never need to plug in. The Nikola One™ also has a charging port to help keep the batteries topped off while you are resting at a Nikola™ fueling station.

    Q: How often does the fuel cell turn on during normal driving?
    A: There are many factors that determine when the fuel cell turns on to charge; terrain, load to motors, battery longevity, battery level and more. We anticipate the fuel cell will run 50% of the time.


    Q: What is the horsepower and torque?
    A: Our current prototype has 1,000 HP and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque. The Nikola One™ will outperform any diesel class 8 truck on the road today. We may change this for production.

    Q: Why so much horsepower and torque?
    A: The advantage of the electric motor is that you only use what you need, when you need it. You are not penalized by having electric motors with greater HP and Torque. The motors only take the exact amount of energy they need to perform as directed and not a kilowatt more. So when you need that extra horsepower and torque to merge on the freeway, climb a hill or pass a slower driver, you have it.

    Q: Will you offer a smaller horsepower and torque package?
    A: We may offer smaller configurations depending on results from testing. We plan to provide more details on this at a later date.


    Q: Does Nikola™ Motor plan to enter other vehicle markets?
    A: Yes. We have several other ideas we have worked on internally, but will only announce those when we feel it is appropriate.


    Q: How many hydrogen fueling stations do you plan on having?
    A: We currently have 56 hydrogen fueling stations planned. We eventually plan to have many more, but these initial 56 stations will allow drivers to cover the entire country without worry of not having access to our free hydrogen fuel*. The plan is that once our stations are up and running, you will have a station within 400 miles of you at any time. That means you could pass up to 3 stations before you need to refuel, giving you great access to fuel anywhere in the country.

    Q: How many trucks can fuel at one time at your stations? How long does it take to fill up?
    A: Due to the fact that we liquefy our own hydrogen and then dispense it , our ability to fill trucks is only limited by the number of pumps at each station. We currently plan to have between 5-10 hydrogen fueling pumps at each of our stations. Normal filling times will be between 10-15 minutes from empty.

    Q: How is the hydrogen stored at each Nikola™ Motor fueling station?
    A: The hydrogen is stored in liquid form onsite at each station.

    Q: How is the fuel stored on the truck?
    A: The hydrogen on board the Nikola One™ will be stored in cryogenic hydrogen tanks. kG is the metric used to measure the energy density of hydrogen.

    Q: Can I plug in to charge the battery pack at a Nikola™ fueling station?
    A: Yes. Each Nikola One™ comes equipped with a 50kW DC charger so you can top off your battery for free at our Nikola™ fueling stations. This allows you to run the amenities in your cab all night long without the need for the fuel cell to kick on. While you don't need to "plug-in" to run the Nikola One™, it is an option that we offer free of charge at our fueling stations for all our owners.

    Q: Will Nikola™ fueling stations include a convenience store, truck wash, showers, etc.?
    A: At first we will only offer re-fueling pumps at each of our stations, but we are already talking with potential partners to upgrade our stations to full service centers.


    Q: What numbers did you use for comparison and why did you only use 5.5 MPG?
    A: We have decided to test our truck in the harshest environments rather than flat ground. With testing to be finalized in the Rocky Mountains climbing 6% grades, we wanted the worst case scenario. 5.5MPG. On flat ground, the diesel would achieve better results; around 7MPG, but so would the Nikola One™. We wanted worst case scenarios for our numbers. Not best.

    Q: Why did you use 21,000 lbs for a truck? My diesel weighs less?
    A: The Nikola One™ was built to showcase a fully loaded, wet, large sleeper cab with everything in it. No matter the comparison, you would be around 2,000 lbs lighter than a diesel. Want a day cab, it would weigh about 2,000 lbs lighter than a comparable diesel daycab. Want a short sleeper, Same result – about 2,000 lbs lighter. So if your truck weighs about 19,000 lbs, the Nikola One™ comparable spec would weight around 17,000 lbs.

    Q: Why do you say you get 15-20MPG while posting 100kg of fuel stopping ever 1,200 miles?
    A: Hydrogen is not measured by gallons, but rather weight.


    Q: How do I order a Nikola One™ truck? Is a down payment required?
    A: You can place a reservation for a Nikola One™ truck for $1,500 by clicking any of the Reserve buttons or links throughout this website. Simply create a Nikola™ account with your contact information and fill out the payment method for deposit. The deposit is 100% refundable until your order is finalized with colors, options and pricing. Anticipate a call within the next 12-18 months to complete your order. At that time you can choose to either cancel your order and be refunded 100% or have your reservation payment applied to the total price of your order.

    Your Nikola One™ will be custom built at our factory in Utah and delivered to your door. You will also be able to sign in to see your account and get updates on when the truck will be available. Pricing can vary depending on the features you choose when you fill out your final order form later on. NMC may contact you for more information or to verify your deposit if we see a reason to. We also reserve the right to cancel, modify or change delivery orders at any time. Please see full terms and conditions for more information. Once you place an order, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours of placing a reservation. This email will include directions on signing in, changing your password, printing your reservation invoice, and canceling and refunding your reservation should you change your mind. Your Delivery Experience Specialist will contact you once Nikola Motor Company™ is ready to send you the final order form. That specialist will also be added to your profile for any questions you may have. If you experience any difficulties in your reservation process, please contact us.

    Q: What does my reservation get me?
    A: A reservation for a Nikola One™ saves you a place in line to be one of the first to receive a truck. Reservations continue to come in every day. The sooner you reserve your Nikola One™ the sooner you will receive it once deliveries begin. Reservations for a Nikola One™ will also receive free hydrogen fuel for the first 1,000,000 miles, upon completion of a lease of a truck. The reservation also gets you an exclusive invite to the private unveiling event of the Nikola One™ truck in SLC, UT on December 1, 2016.

    Q: How long until I get my truck once I place a reservation?
    A: We plan to begin delivering trucks in approximately 3-4 years based on our current timeline, which includes completing all U.S. department of transportation testing and regulation compliance. This could change, but we will keep everyone updated to the timeline. Due to high demand, the quicker you place a deposit, the faster you can get your Nikola One™. We anticipate for every 2,500 - 5,000 trucks sold, the wait will be an additional year out. Nikola™ could be booked up for 5-10 years at launch, so make sure you get your deposit and and be part of the included hydrogen fuel for 1,000,000 miles.

    Q: What about taxes and credits?
    Buyer is responsible for state, federal and any other taxes associated with the purchase. These will be outlined to you in the final order form along with financing options, payment options and other information. There are state and federal credits that apply towards electric or hybrid vehicles. Check with your accountant to see if you qualify. About a month and a half before your Nikola One™ enters production you will be assigned a vehicle identification number (VIN). This number is often required by insurance companies and financing banks.

    Q: How will registration work?
    In most cases, Nikola™ will register your Nikola One™ on your behalf with your state's department of motor vehicles (DMV). Sales tax and registration fees will be collected as part of final payment. In some cases, your Nikola One™ will be considered an out-of-state purchase. Your Delivery Experience Specialist will let you know if this applies to you and provide you with the necessary documents to self-register your Nikola One™. We will issue a temporary tag so you can legally drive your Nikola One™ as soon as you take delivery. Depending on your payment type, you can register your Nikola One™ to your business, a trust, or two registrants. We'll make sure your registration documents reflect this selection. If you plan to finance your Nikola One™, your registration and financing documents must match. All registrants must be present at delivery to sign.

    Q: How will the final payment be processed?
    Once you have finalized your payment, the Delivery team will provide you with an itemized breakdown of options, taxes and registration fees prior to your vehicle delivery. Any balance due can be paid at that time. Final payment may be completed by using an electronic bank account debit or a check from a financing bank or credit union. Alternate payment options include a certified check or wire transfer. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment. Any balance due must be paid in full before you can take delivery of your vehicle. If you wish to pay your outstanding balance using multiple bank accounts, simply enter multiple electronic bank account debit requests. Nikola™ is not always able to collect sales tax and registration fees on your behalf. Your Delivery Experience Specialist will mention if this applies to you. In this special case, your vehicle will be considered an out-of-state purchase and you'll be responsible for paying sales tax and registration fees directly to your state's department of motor vehicles. These out-of-state purchases also require that final payment for your vehicle be made before your delivery appointment.

    Q: Will software updates be available?
    Nikola™ vehicles will regularly receives over-the-air software updates that add new functionality and features. When an update is available, you'll be notified on the center display with an option to install immediately, or schedule the installation for a later time. The average software update will take 1-2 hours to complete and will be free for all Nikola™ owners.


    Q: How big is the Nikola™ fuel cell?
    A: The Nikola One™ fuel cell produces almost 200 kilowatts (kW) of energy. This allows your Nikola One™ batteries to have more than enough power even during a steep hill climb.

    Q: What fuel does the fuel cell run on?
    A: The Nikola One™ fuel cell runs on hydrogen.

    Q: How loud is the fuel cell?
    A: The Nikola One™ fuel cell is nearly silent. This eliminates much of the normal noise you would hear and feel compared to a diesel engine.

    Q: How do fuel cell emissions compare to diesel engine emissions?
    A: The Nikola One™ fuel cell is 100% emission free. The natural burn efficiency of the Nikola One™ onboard fuel cell is over 60% efficient, beating all emission standards to date and allowing it to run without emissions equipment and in any country in the world. This means that our fuel cell is many times cleaner and much better for the environment than any current diesel engine on the market.


    Q: What does the warranty and scheduled maintenance program look like?
    A: We will announce exact details of these programs before final ordering. For now, while it may change some, our goal is to provide all Nikola One™ orders with warranty and service coverage through the first 1,000,000 miles or 7 years of ownership, whichever comes first. Details and specifics to follow.

    Q: What is the service network going to look like? Where can I get my truck serviced?
    A: We will provide more details on this as we approach delivery of the trucks. We are working on partnerships that will provide a nationwide service network before trucks are delivered. You will be able to service your Nikola One™ through partner dealerships and also through Nikola™ Motor service centers. Our plan is to cover the majority of the USA before trucks enter service.