BayoTech orders 50 fuel cell trucks from Nikola to carry hydrogen

Nikola Motor and hydrogen specialist BayoTech are joining forces in the US. The companies agreed on a deal best described as give and take – BayoTech will buy 50 fuel cell trucks while Nikola expects to utilise special transport trailers called HyFill from BayoTech.

It is a “strategic supply agreement” to Nikola as the company also expects to source hydrogen BayoTech produces at a network of hubs. With supply to commence this year in Missouri and California in 2024, Nikola may even see the hydrogen being delivered in its own trucks. BayoTech plans to couple the trucks with its HyFill bulk trailers to provide hydrogen to offtake customers from its production hubs. Nikola is one of these customers expecting to own ten transport trailers eventually.

BayoTech, in turn, expects the first twelve of fifty fuel cell trucks on order to arrive in 2023 and 2024. The contract runs over five years. The timeline also fits with recent news. Bosch started producing the FC drive system that will power Nikola’s truck this week in Germany. Since deliveries are set only for later this year, BayoTech will benefit from the latest edition.

“We’re immensely proud to be an industry leader in our commitment to deliver hydrogen to local customers via zero-emission fuel cell trucks,” said Mo Vargas, President and CEO, BayoTech. “Partnering with forward-looking companies like Nikola allows us to accelerate the deployment of our hydrogen hub network and stimulate the growth of the hydrogen ecosystem.”

Nikola is also working to advance hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. This month, the California Transportation Commission reportedly granted the company 41.9 million dollars towards building six hydrogen pit stops across Southern California. Looking at earlier announcements, Nikola plans to build 60 hydrogen refuelling stations across North America by 2026 under its Hyla brand.

“Nikola and BayoTech are united by a common goal of providing reliable access to hydrogen throughout the United States,” said Michael Lohscheller, President and CEO of Nikola. “BayoTech’s low-carbon hydrogen fuel and transport equipment will play an important part in supporting the adoption of Nikola’s Class 8 fuel cell electric zero-emission trucks.”


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