Nikola Motor to rely on ChargePoint solutions in the US


American truckmaker Nikola Motor has agreed on a deal with charging infrastructure provider ChargePoint. Nikola may now resell ChargePoint’s charging hardware and software to its fleet customers in the US.

According to Nikola president Pablo Koziner, the truck manufacturer has secured “complete access to the entire ChargePoint product line”, ranging from simpler DC to high-power charging solutions. “This partnership enhances our ability to provide a customer-focused charging solution at the right time, at the right place, and for the right price,” he said.

The deal includes equipment and software solutions such as charge management, range forecasting, and streamlined delivery route and schedule planning, thus “ensuring a solid technology interface and integrated sales approach between the two companies,” so Nikola.

The truck maker has already placed an order for ‘E-Skids’ with ChargePoint. Nikola expects to receive the first unit of this mobile fast-charging solution this month.

“Making electrification easy helps fleets focus on their core business operations while easily adopting new technology,” said Rich Mohr, Vice President of Fleet at ChargePoint. He added the company was “committed to supporting OEMs, dealers and fleets with the right tools to adopt and transition to EV transportation without disrupting their core operation.”

While Nikola has been troubled this year, the company keeps getting orders from Zeem Solutions, which reportedly expects to receive 100 Nikola Tre electric trucks.

Nikola also posted its Q3 results recently, with revenue slightly exceeding expectations with $24.2 million over a forecasted $22.1 million. Excluding special items, Nikola posted an adjusted loss of 28 cents per share, which was also less than expected (39 cents). At the same time, Nikola won’t reach its production target of 300 vehicles this year.

Nikola started series production of its Tre BEV in Coolidge in the US state of Arizona in March this year. The battery-electric Tre is designed for local use and has a range of 350 miles (563 kilometres).


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