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European Eco-Trucks

The Nikola Tre Runs on Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Batteries

— November 6, 2018 — Autos
Designed as the first hydrogen-electric truck for the European market, the Nikola Tre is a new concept vehicle built to meet European trucking regulations. Conceived by Norwegian-based Nikola, the newly announced vehicle will run on 800-volt batteries, and a hydrogen fuel cell to take in compressed hydrogen gas and convert it into electricity, resulting in potable water as its only byproduct. The vehicle will be available in both 6x4 and 6x2 configurations, with anywhere from 500 and 1,000 horsepower.

The vehicle is still in development but intends to hit the market in four to five years. According to the manufacturer, the Nikola Tre has already received $11 billion in pre-orders and will likely bring in additional cash from the EU.
Trend Themes
1. Hydrogen-electric Vehicles - The development of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the automotive industry provides an opportunity for disruptive innovation in sustainable energy alternatives.
2. 800-volt Batteries - The advancement of high-voltage battery technology in the transportation sector opens up possibilities for longer range and faster charging options in electric vehicles.
3. Trucking Innovation - The integration of advanced technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cells and autonomous driving systems, provides an opportunity for disruption in the transportation and logistics industry.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive Sector - Automakers, especially those focused on sustainable energy solutions, can leverage hydrogen fuel cell and high-voltage battery technologies to create innovative, eco-friendly vehicles.
2. Renewable Energy Industry - Companies in the renewable energy space can capitalize on the potential for hydrogen fuel cells to drive the next generation of sustainable transportation and power generation.
3. Logistics and Transportation Industry - Trucking companies and other players in the transportation and logistics industry can gain a competitive edge by introducing eco-friendly trucks that are equipped with the latest in hydrogen fuel cell and battery technologies.
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