Hydrogen Advantages

Heavy Duty Fuel Cell Vehicles are electric vehicles with range & fueling time equal to diesels today. Hydrogen has the same benefits of electric vehicles as they use the same electric motors (more horsepower, instant torque, zero emissions, etc.) while eliminating many issues derived from battery electric vehicles (long recharge times, limited range, cold start, added weight, etc.).

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HEAVY DUTY
FAST FUELING

Heavy Duty fast-fueling with hydrogen is being developed by Nikola with an industry consortium, with unique HD Hardware, standardized to fill in less than 20 minutes, similar to diesel today.
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LONGER
RANGE

With an estimated range of 500-750 miles (1,200+km) between fill ups, you can take the Nikola truck as far as diesels and more than twice the distance of comparable battery only vehicles. With the Nikola Trucks and our Hydrogen Fueling Station Network, there is no need to worry about range.
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LESS
WEIGHT

Long range electric truck batteries are heavy and don’t start at low temperatures. Hydrogen offers a significant weight advantage over comparable battery electric vehicles.
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ZERO
EMISSIONS
Heavy Duty Fuel Cell Trucks produce no emissions (only water). The Hydrogen fuel can be produced from a variety of renewable sources.

SAFETY

We engineer our systems to have hydrogen safety on par or better than gasoline or natural gas. Our vehicles will be developed with simulation and testing of extreme conditions for crash, fire and environment. Our vehicles will have sensors and automated safety shutdowns to cover all these scenarios. Nikola is an active member of the international standards community (in ISO, GTR, SAE,etc) to align safety standards for hydrogen fueling and safety standards.

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LIGHTER
THAN AIR

Hydrogen is 14x more buoyant than air and dissipates and escapes more rapidly than any other fuel, so in the unlikely event of an accident, hydrogen will instantly rise high into the air and disperse out of harms way.
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SAFETY AT
THE PUMP

There are several redundant safety systems and emergency stops in place to prevent accidents and over pressurization. Nikola dispensers utilize impact sensors, leak detection shut-offs, and hose break-away devices to ensure safety before, during, and after fueling.
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EVERYTHING
TO CODE

Nikola strives to not only meet your local code, but also national NFPA and IFC codes. The goal is to be able to sell hydrogen from coast-to-coast working with codes bodies national and local officials to implement hydrogen stations nationwide.
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PROVEN
OVER TIME

Hydrogen has more than 80 years of industrial use as a nonirritating, nontoxic and noncorrosive source of energy.
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A VISION FOR ZERO EMISSIONS

FROM ENERGY CREATION TO ENERGY CONSUMPTION ACROSS THE HYDROGEN VALUE CHAIN

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PRESS RELEASE

Nikola Positioned to Accelerate Hydrogen Economy

Competitive electricity price paves the way for hydrogen production in Arizona

Published January 12, 2021