Nikola Motor announced loudly in May 2016 and promised that it will cut down the US freight market from the US 2000 gas turbine tractor, Nikola One. By the autumn of the same year, the concept changed dramatically: the car was transferred to hydrogen with hydrogen, and the power plant became completely environmentally friendly on fuel cells, which means it would not produce anything other than water and electricity. The highest power dropped to 1,000 KM, and a promised power reserve of 1200 km (1,931 km) and a free charge for hydrogen for all future buyers of the company was promised.
The live cargo tractor Nikola One was shown to American trucks in December 2016, but many liked it, despite the fact that it looked more like a model than a liquid model and that the work was mildly uneven. At the same time, the company presented in its absence a slightly simpler and affordable Nikola Dvoje tractor with the original and quite conservative look of the cabin. As a deposit for future supplies, Nikola Motor took 1,500 dollars from his nose, and he was promising to return the money on demand. The contracts, as it was said, are flooded by the river: by the end of 2016, the amount of potential revenue was 4 billion USD, and from November 2018 to 11 billion.
In two years, a lot changed again to Nikola Motor. In the autumn of 2017 a presentation of the main competitor of Tesla Semi electric vehicle, which also began to receive applications (the company requested a $ 5,000 deposit per copy). Earlier this year, Nikola Motor, in order to break the flow of orders for Tesla, announced that he would return all the money as a deposit to all his customers and that he would now pre-order free of charge. The features of the leading driver Nikola One slowed down again (the largest reserve of power dropped to 1,000 km or 1,609 km), and Nikola Nikola became only a shortened version, but with original outer plates. The company's headquarters moved from Utah to Arizona (to the city of Phoenix), and it is planned to have a plant in the same country for two years – the city is being booked at Coolidge, which is about one hundred kilometers south-east of Phoenix.
Nikola Motor announced yesterday that it intends to enter the European market with hydrogen trucks and publish 3D images of the third model, Nikola Tre, which is specially designed for the requirements of European legislation. In fact, Nikola One and Nikola Dva are unbelievers – without front features, but also Nikola Dvoje is too long to meet European standards, so a third version of the cabin was needed.
The production of all three models is expected to begin in 2022-2023, and in Italy will be created by Nikola Tre (where it is still unknown). The strength of the Tre model will be from 500 to 1000 KM. depending on the performance, the torque is up to 2711 Nm, the range is from 500 to 1200 km, the formula formula is 6 × 4 or 6 × 2, the fifth (maximum!) degree of autonomy is declared as an option. Cars can be purchased or leased while Nikola Motor still promises free charge for hydrogen charging, provided that the monthly mileage will not exceed 12,875 km for private dealers and 25,750 km for legal entities.
Nikola Motor will build petrol stations in cooperation with Norwegian company Nel Hydrogen. In the US and Canada, by 2028, partners intend to create a network of more than 700 columns. Special plans for Europe have not yet been published, but it is reported that by 2030 hydrogen supply will be available throughout the region, and the first one will be operational in 2022. Hydrogen will come from solar, wind and hydroelectric power plants – their energy will be used for electrolysis of water.
The live exhibition "Nikola Tre" will be held from April 16 to 17 next year at a special event Nikola World in Phoenix: the announcement states that Nikola Dve circles with a full trailer will be placed around the prototype of the unmanned …