Florida-based beverage wholesaler Tri-Eagle Sales has agreed to lease ten Nikola Tre battery-electric trucks. The first deliveries are scheduled for 2022. Ring Power Corporation, a member of Nikola’s sales and service dealer network, is acting as broker.
Through the fleet-as-a-service leasing model utilised by Tri-Eagle Sales, Ring Power will provide sales, repairs, maintenance and installation of the charging infrastructure required to operate the e-trucks throughout the lease term. The Nikola Tre is Nikola’s electric Class 8 tractor unit, built in a low-volume production facility in Ulm, Germany, starting this year. The first examples are to go to selected customers in the USA.
Next year, the Tre is also to be deployed in Europe. The Port of Hamburg will become a pilot customer as it expects 25 e-trucks for testing from 2022. In the medium term, production in Ulm is to increase to 3,000 vehicles per year. Following the launch of the battery-electric Tre in North America and Europe, Nikola plans to launch two FCEV trucks.
“We expect the Nikola dealer network to be a key component in delivering innovative zero-emissions products to our customers,” explained Nikola Energy and Commercial President Pablo Koziner. “Ring Power intends to provide not only the sales, parts, and service solutions for the Nikola trucks leased by Tri-Eagle, but also the related electric vehicle charging infrastructure.”
Tri-Eagle Sales is a beverage wholesaler founded in 1996 that operates primarily in North Florida. The company says it serves more than 2,000 retail customers from its two locations in Tallahassee and Ocala. Partnering with Ring Power and Nikola is a natural next step for us as it furthers our commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship,” said Tripp Transou, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-Eagle Sales. “We are very excited to be one of the first beverage distribution companies in the U.S. to start electrifying their fleet.”
Total Transportation Services is another customer in the US. Nikola signed a memorandum of understanding with the logistics company back in the spring to deliver 100 BEV and FCEV trucks. Total Transportation Services Inc (TSSI) serves the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The initial plan is to launch a pilot project with two BEV and two FCEV trucks in the first half of 2022. If TSSI’s expectations are met during test operations, the letter of intent states that 30 BEV trucks could follow later in the year and 70 FCEV trucks in 2023.
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