Nikola announces first two heavy-duty hydrogen fuelling stations

In News1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 23, 2021

Nikola Corporation, through its Nikola Energy division, and TravelCenters of America Inc., the largest publicly traded operator/franchisor of full-service travel centres in the United States, have agreed to collaborate on the installation of hydrogen fuelling stations for heavy-duty trucks at two existing TA-Petro sites in California. 

The first two stations are targeted to be commercially operational by Q1 2023. These stations are expected to accelerate adoption of hydrogen fuel-cell-powered commercial electric trucks. Paired with the expected 500-mile range of the previously announced Nikola Tre fuel-cell electric vehicle, the launch stations will enable operations of zero-emission heavy-duty commercial vehicles in and around the greater Los Angeles region and north through California‘s Central Valley.  

The two hydrogen fuelling stations under consideration for development by Nikola and TA-Petro will provide for an open fuelling network available to any truck customer and will follow a common industry standard for heavy-duty fuelling protocols, ensuring compatibility across all hydrogen fuel-cell truck manufacturers.  

This collaboration is a first step for the parties to explore the mutual development of a nationwide network of hydrogen fuelling stations.