Nikola Corporation has officially commenced the commercial sales of its hydrogen fuel cell electric truck. The launch event took place at the company's manufacturing facility located in Coolidge, Arizona, and was attended by various stakeholders, including fleet customers, dealers from Nikola's sales and service network, government officials, business leaders, and the Nikola team.
Nikola has secured 223 non-binding orders for its hydrogen fuel cell truck from a total of 23 customers, including notable fleet operators such as J.B. Hunt, AJR Trucking, Biagi Bros, TTSI, and BayoTech. Steve Girsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nikola, expressed the company's commitment to delivering these trucks as they enter the fourth quarter.
Nikola's manufacturing facility in Coolidge has recently completed Phase 2 assembly expansion, incorporating a versatile mixed-model production line capable of producing both hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric trucks. With this expansion, the facility is poised to achieve an annual production capacity of approximately 2,400 trucks across three shifts.
Furthermore, progress is evident in the assembly of fuel cell power modules at the Coolidge facility, which is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of this year. Bosch is the supplier of these power modules.
Nikola has undergone several significant changes this year, including renaming its European joint venture with Iveco. Additionally, the company experienced a leadership transition in August with the departure of its CEO, and it recently appointed a new Chief Engineering Officer. These developments reflect Nikola's evolving trajectory in the competitive electric vehicle market.
Nikola's launch of commercial sales signifies a milestone in the company's journey toward providing hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks for the transportation industry. The focus remains on production expansion and meeting the demand for sustainable transportation solutions.