Bosch and Hanwha invest more than US$230 million in Nikola

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 6, 2019

As part of its ongoing fundraising effort, Nikola Corporation has announced two strategic investors from its prior funding rounds. Bosch and Hanwha have each invested at least US$100 million, totalling US$230 million.

Earlier this week, Nikola announced the lead investor, CNH Industrial, had invested US$250 million in the Series D fundraising plan.

Bosch has been an instrumental partner for Nikola in the development of its state-of-the-art heavy-duty vehicle fuel cell system and battery technology. Bosch‘s investment confirms its commitment to the development of hydrogen technology and hydrogen infrastructure.

Hanwha is a world leader in renewable energy and solar panel manufacturing and is partnering with Nikola to assist in obtaining clean energy for its hydrogen fuelling network. Hanwha is Nikola‘s exclusive solar panel provider (Q CELLS), generating the clean electricity that is critical to the production of renewable hydrogen.

“I‘m excited to finally share two of our strategic investors to date. Bosch can help us commercialise very complex vehicle components and Hanwha can provide us with clean energy at hydrogen locations where possible. Everyone wins, because together we‘re helping make zero emissions a reality. Rather than going at this alone like many start-ups do, my goal was to build the most powerful network of partners in the world, and I believe we have done a pretty good job at that with CNHI, Bosch, Hanwha and others,” said Trevor Milton, chief executive officer, Nikola.

With Bosch‘s and Hanwha‘s investment, Nikola is driving fuel-cell technology and a hydrogen fuelling ecosystem that meets or beats the economics of fossil fuels. Nikola is in the process of building a renewable hydrogen ecosystem in the United States and Europe, targeting 100% being produced from renewable sources. The Phoenix-based company already has built and is operating the largest hydrogen fuelling station in the United States at its headquarters – able to dispense and store more than 1000kg of hydrogen a day. Future Nikola stations will produce and dispense 8000kg or more of hydrogen per day and will be the largest stations in the world.