Trailerbodybuilders 932 Nikola Semi 876 770x400
Trailerbodybuilders 932 Nikola Semi 876 770x400
Trailerbodybuilders 932 Nikola Semi 876 770x400
Trailerbodybuilders 932 Nikola Semi 876 770x400
Trailerbodybuilders 932 Nikola Semi 876 770x400

Startup Company Unveils Hybrid Truck

May 17, 2016
The Nikola Motor Company, a Utah-based startup, has introduced a compressed natural gas-electric hybrid semi-truck, according to a Fox News report.

The Nikola Motor Company, a Utah-based startup, has introduced a compressed natural gas-electric hybrid semi-truck, according to a Fox News report.

The truck, called the Nikola One, has been developed in secret for the past three years and features a 150-gallon dHybrid storage system stacked behind its cab that fuels a turbine generator, which charges a 320-kilowatt-hour battery pack that drives six motors.

It’s not a conversion vehicle. The truck’s chassis was engineered specifically for the project and features a unique independent rear suspension system designed in conjunction with automotive component supplier Meritor.

The series-hybrid drivetrain puts out 2,000 hp and 3,700 lb-ft of torque, Milton said in an interview, and it gets 10-15 mpg – about twice the fuel economy of a typical 500 hp, 1,650 lb-ft diesel tractor. As with most hybrid and electric vehicles, it has regenerative brakes that charge the batteries on downhill stretches, helping contribute to its claimed 800-1,200 mile range between fill-ups.

The plan is for Nikola to build a nationwide network of refueling stations to support its customers, similar to Tesla’s electric supercharger network. Nikola owns its own CNG wells and will sell the fuel for the equivalent of $1.50 per gallon, but the first 5,000 buyers of the $375,000 truck will get 1 million miles’ worth for free.

The full story is available here.

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