FPT Industrial (a brand of Iveco Group), the world’s largest producer of low-environmental impact industrial engines, and Nikola Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEV), fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and energy infrastructure solutions, exhibited together at the CES 2022 show in Las Vegas back in January.
Having started their partnership back in 2019, they say that they share a common mission to revolutionise and decarbonise heavy on-road transport.
In Las Vegas, they presented what they described as the exciting results so far. Their collaboration was the star of the shared exhibition space – the integrated electric axle suitable for heavy commercial vehicles (HCVs).
It boasts of delivering high performance (840 kW), outstanding efficiency and full sustainability. The e-axle for HCVs was jointly developed for the BEV version of the Nikola Tre truck, whose joint production site with Iveco was inaugurated in September 2021 in Germany. The first units of the Nikola Tre-exclusive e-axle are expected to be delivered to Nikola in 2022.
With a range of up to 560 km (350 miles) and dynamic performance, the Nikola Tre BEV truck will be an important step forward in making zero-emissions transportation possible for heavy-duty commercial trucking.
FPT Industrial, Iveco and Nikola have adopted a modular approach in developing their electric offering, which is unique in the industry. The Nikola Tre platform will be capable of using either battery-electric technology or hydrogen powered fuel cell technology.
With this approach, the partners are taking the long view, bringing both technologies on stream now to pursue BEV and FCEV in their offering in the next few years.