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Nikola unveils its hydrogen-powered semi-truck

Nikola unveils its hydrogen-powered semi-truck


Donald Trump’s incoming administration might be going full steam ahead in returning to fossil fuels, but the clean energy sector might have other ideas.

Nikola Motor Company has just unveiled a huge class 8 truck (as big as they get) that’s powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, claiming it will have an operational range of as much as 1,200 miles (1,900km) when it’s released in 2020. The Nikola One, which is designed for long-haul good transport across a large landmass, will, according to its creators, be able to travel between 800 and 1,200 miles on a single tank of fuel, while delivering over 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 foot-pounds of torque.

If these claims are true, it will provide nearly double the power of the current generation of diesel-powered semis/articulated trucks. The Nikola One, if running at peak efficiency, could get from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyoming on one tank of gas.