SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Nikola has announced an update to its
electric truck project, claiming it will be entering production by 2021
with two Class 8 hydrogen-electric truck models.
The company says the Nikola One and Nikola Two will offer more than
1,000 hp and 2,000 lb.-ft. of torque, with zero local emissions. It has
partnered with Bosch to develop an eAxle, to speed up the process of
bringing the truck to market.
“Bosch is an incubator of electro-mobility solutions. No matter
whether at established OEMs or start-ups, Bosch is accelerating
development and helps achieve fast breakthroughs on the market,” said
Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management responsible for
the Commercial Vehicle Organization.
“We have been aggressively pursuing our goal of bringing the most
advanced semi-truck ever built to market,” added Nikola Founder and CEO
Trevor Milton. “The powertrain requires an innovative and flexible
partner able to adapt quickly to the speed of our team. Bosch has
empowered us to come to market quickly with automotive-grade hardware
and software so our vision can become a reality.”
The eAxle developed by Bosch is a scalable, modular platform with the
motor, power electronics and transmission in one compact unit. This
makes it suitable for vehicles of all kinds, from small passenger cars
to light trucks. Nikola and Bosch will commercialize the world’s first
true dual-motor commercial-vehicle eAxle for a long-haul truck, the
The eAxles will be paired with a custom-designed fuel cell system –
also being developed jointly between Nikola and Bosch – designed to
deliver benchmark vehicle range. The overall vehicle controls will also
be jointly developed based upon Bosch’s vehicle control software and
Bosch and Nikola will also jointly develop the overall powertrain
system for the Nikola lineup, which will include the safety concept and
vehicle electrical architecture.