Electrified big-rig semi-trucks are getting news space, and start-up Nicola Motor wants to be included.
The Utah-based company announced it will unveil a working prototype of its Nikola One in Salt Lake City on December 2nd.
Nikola One is a Class 8 semi-tractor truck that is powered by a natural gas turbine and electric motor hybrid drivetrain.
The system can develop a total of 2,000 horsepower and 3,700 pounds-feet of torque and achieve a range of up to 1,200 miles on a full tank.
In the past two weeks Tesla Motors and Mercedes-Benz have announced electric semi-trucks are planned.
Without mentioning either company by name, Trevor Milton, Nikola Motor founder and CEO took a jab at the announcements.
“While other companies have recently announced battery-powered semi-trucks, those trucks are restricted to a range of only a couple hundred miles and four to eight hours of charging between stops.”
“We are not aware of any zero emission truck in the world that can haul 80,000 pounds more than 1,000 miles and do it without stopping,” Milton added.
”The Nikola One requires only 15 minutes of downtime before heading out for the next 1,000 miles,” presumably for refueling.
The turbine engine can operate on a variety of fuels in addition to natural gas, yet the company claims its research and development team has achieved 100 percent zero emissions without providing specific details.
The company operated in stealth mode until May when it unveiled its design of the truck.
In June Nikola said it had received 7,000 truck reservations with deposits of $1,500, totaling $2.3 billion.
It also revealed a lease program costing $4,000 to $5,000 per month, depending on truck configuration.
The first million miles of fuel under the lease is included with each truck sale, potentially offsetting 100 percent of the monthly cost.