Nikola One Hydrogen Hybrid Semi: Photo Gallery

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There's a lot to look at with Nikola Motor Co.'s modern hydrogen-electric hybrid freight hauler, the Nikola One. It has a unique suspension and a wide-open interior, and it's powered by hydrogen fuel and lithium-ion batteries.

We just attended a press conference at Nikola's home base in Salt Lake City. Here's a closer look at several of the truck's unique features. As futuristic as the Nikola One might look, this is likely what we will see hauling freight down the interstates in the not-too-distant future. To find out more, click here

Here are just some of the hightlights: 

  • Nikola One can be equipped with 12 cameras
  • The 6x6 or 6x4 will have torque-vectoring all-wheel drive
  • Leasing will cost between $5,000 and $7,000 per month
  • The cab-forward sleeper cabin is 13 feet high
  • The new fuel-cell independent suspension should save at least 2,000 pounds. 

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

 

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Comments

Watch out Tesla. Hydrogen is the new way down the road.

Wasn't Tikola, Tesala''s first name?

Nickola

Dang, Nikola Tesla

@Buddy: don't sweat it man, Ford can never seem to get it right either.

Ain't gonna happen....not economically feasible.

This power train needs to be put in a Super Duty!

This power train needs to be put in a Super Duty!

It's been a lot if talk for the past few years with Class 8 and Class 9 Trucks crossing over into this type of Powertrain technology, I'm glad to see that it will finally get the green light status to push forward with further testing and then afterwards; production, I currently work for TMC Trucking Corp., it'll be awesome if they were to order these trucks in the not too distant future, can't wait with having to no longer shift gears while driving.

What type of transmission do these trucks have. Are they a CVT?

"What type of transmission do these trucks have. Are they a CVT?" -- Posted by: Jeff S | Dec 4, 2016 8:00:56 PM

No transmission; direct drive probably with a single step-down gear (on each motor).

I don't see the American trucking industry wanting to return to class 8 cabovers, or even "semi-cabovers" like this - they worked hard to get rd of them the first time. I also don't see veteran truckers wanting their information solely on video screens. The point of having a dozen auxiliary gauges is for rapid eye scan... when the needles are straight up, there's nothing to worry about. When that same information is presented in verbal form on a video screen, you have to take the extra time (and eyes off the road) to read it and determine if it's a safe amount. Not a good idea when your stopping distance is already extensive.

They should have stuck with the turbine engine. Fuel cells still aren't practical, and hydrogen is to scarce.

A GIANT BOMB ON WHEELS !!!!!

The all wheel drive would be great for Truck drivers..

But a very big but, I am weary on the expense and unfamiliarity of these trucks.. are they as good as they say, I guess the cheap 1 year lease rate will get some people to bite, and if they are as good as they say more will buy/lease..

Diesels are proven to be cost effective and reliable..

Furthermore, the new world of self driving vehicles will only implode as more people will be out of work, higher crime more rapes, murders, robberies and 3rd world nations as less people will work, remember not everyone can be a Doctor, engineer and those people cant be mechanics, builders etc...We are in for exciting end of times soon.. once the world is electrified, self driving vehicles, robots in every factory, self check stores, peopleless fast food and high end eateries, its coming, and robot love partners...Fun end of times peeps !

Hydrogen is the most abundant resource on earth by many multiples.

It can be produced at the refueling point by any green power source such as wind, solar, tidal, or wave energy.

Or it could be produced with spare electricity at hydro electric dams.

No coal or petrol needed.

Petro industry needs to get involved in hydrogen production and transportation soon or they're going to lose out on the band wagon.

Hydrogen is much less dangerous than gasoline or other fuels.
When hydrogen catches fire it always rises up and away.

Imagine the Hindenburg if it was full of gasoline.

When there are gasoline spills, burning gasoline spreads on the ground affecting people far away from the original problem.


I also don't see veteran truckers wanting their information solely on video screens. The point of having a dozen auxiliary gauges is for rapid eye scan... when the needles are straight up, there's nothing to worry about. When that same information is presented in verbal form on a video screen, you have to take the extra time (and eyes off the road) to read it and determine if it's a safe amount. Not a good idea when your stopping distance is already extensive.
Posted by: RoadTrip
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Youre forgeting that this truck doesnt have an ICE engine,,just electric motors which dont need any gauges to keep an eye on!!

Buddy- you need to do some reading...
This thing- if it runs (and if it did, they would have shown it), runs on CNG (Methane), not straight H2.
If this thing could deliver an improvement in thermal efficiency over diesel, why is there such a huge grille opening?
If the science and economy of a fuel cell class 8 truck was viable this decade, Daimler would have one.

Dailmer is working on hydrgen vehicles.

If this is a true fuel cell then they are converting cng into their hydrogen. That is very old technology. And the conversation will produce polution. It may be their way of trying to solve the infrastructure problem. That's a bad idea for smaller vehicles, not sure how efficient it would be for large vehicles. They could be subsidised by cng and lng producers. If shale drilling starts up again there will be a huge suplus of both gasses

That still doesn't change the fact that hydrogen is a much better form of electricity storage than any battery or capacitor available now. Or one in someone's imagination today.

It may happen someday but somehow the complete science of electrical storage has to change for a non hybrid battery powered electrical vehicle to work for a large segment of people. In fact it seems there is much more progress with capacitors than with batteries.

Thermal efficiency is only a mesurememt. Not necessarily good or bad until you decide the purpose. Thermal efficiency per lbs of poLuton means a bit more. And with a true hydrogen fuel cell there is basically zero pollution. Even the production of hydrogen can be pollution-free. And hydrogen can be produced at your home using your own solar cells and water from you own well.

And hydrogen can be used in any of your farm equipent that is converted in the same way the have been converted to log or cng.
Hydrogen produced at you own well using wind power..

University of North Dakota at Minot did this year's ago. But with the Bakken gushers, interest seemed to slip away.

I'd like to read about that cng story. Post if you can

The Nickola website referenced in the article says nothing about CNG.

In fact it specifically says it runs on 100% polution free hydrogen.



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