Iveco Group and electric truck maker, Nikola Corporation, have opened a joint manufacturing facility in Europe for the Nikola Tre electric truck.
The near 27k square foot site in Ulm, southern Germany will begin production by the end of the year, with the first models produced destined for customers in the United States in 2022.
The company also confirmed production plans for a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) with a prototype of the Nikola Tre that will be build in Ulm by the end of 2023.
The Nikola Tre is based on the Iveco S-Way truck platform, with an electric axle co-designed and produced by FPT Industrial. It features Nikola’s advanced electric and fuel cell technology, along with key components provided by Bosch.
“Despite all the industry and global pandemic challenges we have been facing since we first announced this partnership in September 2019, it is extremely rewarding to be able to stand here today as a team and witness the execution of all of our hard work delivered on time and according to our original plans,” said Gerrit Marx, president commercial & specialty vehicles at CNH Industrial and CEO of the Iveco Group.
“Thanks to Iveco’s proven expertise and established footprint we have provided a platform upon which Nikola’s technology can thrive. Now our focus is on ensuring the success of this operation and jointly taking the lead when it comes to climate-neutral long- and short-haul heavy-duty transport.”
“This new facility is beautiful, and we are grateful to the Iveco and Nikola teams for their collaboration and perseverance to bring it to life,” said Nikola CEO Mark Russell. “This is yet another important milestone for Nikola as we execute on our strategy and vision to be a global leader in zero-emissions transportation solutions.”