Nikola closes 2023 with 35 hydrogen trucks sold

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Nikola sold 35 of its hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks (FCEVs) in the North American market in 2023.

Nikola Corporation, through its HYLA brand, in 2023 produced 42 and wholesaled 35 Class 8 Nikola FCEVs.

Nikola Corporation class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck
Nikola Corporation class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck.

Of the seven trucks produced but not wholesaled, three are being used in an extended field test with a fleet partner, two are in continued validation and engineering and two are being used for service training/customer demos.

“What an effort by our dedicated and passionate team, to create — and deliver — what we believe is the only U.S. designed and assembled Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck on the road today,” said Nikola CEO Steve Girsky.

“Our pioneering spirit is what made it possible to wholesale these 35 trucks to our dealers for customers in the U.S. and Canada. We thank our employees, customers and partners for this achievement, and look forward to delivering more trucks in 2024.”

Nikola’s FCEV has a range of up to 500 miles (800 km) and an estimated fuelling time as low as 20 minutes. The company claims its truck is among the longest ranges of all commercially available zero tailpipe emission Class 8 trucks, with versatile applications ranging from drayage and intermodal to metro-regional truckload and less-than-truckload to certain specialized hauling use cases.

“Our goal is to introduce a better, cleaner way to deliver goods to the North American market in a reliable package,” said Girsky. “Our FCEV customer pilot programs have shown strong results, with truck uptime at 98 percent – crucial for efficient fleet usage.”

Assembled in Coolidge, Arizona, the FCEV commenced serial production on July 31, 2023, with the commercial launch on September 28.

Nikola was founded in 2015, and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.