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.