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.).
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 15 minutes, similar to diesel today.
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.
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.
RENEWABLE ZERO EMISSIONS
Heavy Duty Fuel Cell Trucks produce no emissions (only water). The Hydrogen fuel can be produced from a variety of renewable sources. Nikola will utilize solar power at our stations supplemented with grid power.
We engineer our vehicles to have hydrogen safety on par or better than gasoline or natural gas. Our vehicles have all been developed with simulation and testing of extreme conditions for crash, fire and environment. Our vehicles 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.
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.
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.
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.
PROVEN OVER TIME
Hydrogen fuel cells have been powering space shuttles since the early 1960's. NASA has funded more than 200 research contracts exploring fuel cell technology, bringing it to a level now viable for the private sector. Hydrogen has more than 80 years of industrial use as a nonirritating, nontoxic and noncorrosive source of energy.