Nikola Motor Firm, the Utah-based firm that’s engaged on constructing heavy-duty transport vehicles utilizing hybrid hydrogen-electric powertrains, introduced in the present day that it’s partnering with world automotive business provide chief Bosch to design and construct mentioned powertrains. The corporate additionally revealed the primary ever picture of its Nikola Two truck design (above), with a smaller, ‘day cab’ model design however comparable vary and efficiency to the Nikola One long-haul semi truck.
Nikola (sure, which takes its title from electrical engineer, inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla) is hoping to convey to market its Nikola One and Two vehicles by 2021, providing Class eight multi-axle heavy load transport vehicles that produce no direct emissions within the type of exhaust due to an electrical drivetrain, which might obtain true lengthy haul vary due to using hydrogen hybrid know-how to increase past the max vary obtainable to battery-only autos.
Nikola will use Bosch’s eAxle design to assist convey their truck to market as quick as potential, and can work with Bosch on constructing the primary ever true dual-motor commercial-vehicle eAxle meant for long-haul trucking. The eAxle itself is, as you would possibly guess from the title, a car axle connecting the truck’s wheels – however It additionally accommodates the electrical motor, energy electronics and the transmission in a single, modular unit.
Bosch has ample expertise growing the eAxle, so that ought to assist significantly in easing the problem of bringing Nikola’s technically difficult imaginative and prescient to market. The 2 corporations may also work collectively on constructing the car’s total powertrain.
Tesla is ready to unveil its personal totally electrical semi truck at an occasion subsequent month, however we don’t but know when it’ll make it to market. The Tesla truck might reportedly have some autonomous capabilities, however will possible have a spread of at most round 300 miles per cost, one thing Nikola’s hybrid design can simply prime with an estimated vary of 1,200 miles on a full tank of 220 lbs of hydrogen.