Nikola is a startup that believes the future of trucking is electric, by way of hydrogen. Its latest vehicle, while still years away from actual production, takes that US-centric plan and modifies it for Europe.
Nikola has unveiled the Tre, which means “three” in Norwegian. It’s the company’s first hydrogen-electric truck for the European market. The US and Europe have different trucking regulations, so a completely different model was required to meet all those unique standards.
That said, the Nikola Tre still has the powertrain in common with. Running on 800-volt batteries, it relies on a hydrogen fuel cell to take compressed hydrogen gas and convert it to electricity, creating potable water as its sole byproduct. It’ll be offered in both 6×4 and 6×2 configurations, with between 500 and 1,000 horsepower. Depending on the options chosen, the Tre’s range is estimated between 310 and 745 miles.