Short-seller Hindenburg tries taking down Nikola
Hindenburg Research raises serious fraud accusations against the prospective electric truck manufacturer Nikola. However, the “research” is anything but neutral, as the company itself has sold Nikola shares short and is thus profiting from any price losses resulting from the paper. Weiterlesen
GM to manufacture for Nikola Motor in the US
General Motors and Nikola have agreed on a strategic partnership, which sees GM taking an eleven per cent stake in the US startup. With this agreement, GM will become Nikola’s US manufacturing partner starting with the much anticipated zero-emission pickup Badger. Weiterlesen
Nikola begins factory construction in Arizona
Nikola Motor has just celebrated the ground-breaking ceremony for its plant in Coolidge in the US state of Arizona, where the Nikola Tre and Nikola Two trucks will initially be produced. Nikola CEO Trevor Milton has also revealed more about the electric pickup Badger. Weiterlesen
Nikola orders electrolysers from Nel
The US manufacturer Nikola, best known for its plans for fuel cell and battery trucks, has placed an order worth over 30 million dollars with the Norwegian hydrogen specialist Nel for the supply of electrolysers. Weiterlesen
Nikola wants to build an electric pickup
The US American manufacturer Nikola Motor, known for its fuel cell and battery trucks, has also announced its move into the segment of electrically powered pickup trucks. The first renderings of the Nikola Badger are now available along with some interesting details about the unusual drive. Weiterlesen
Nikola Tre to build electric trucks at Iveco in Germany
Iveco-owner CNH Industrial and Nikola Motor will build the Nikola Tre in battery-electric and fuel cell version at the Iveco plant in Ulm, Germany. The first e-trucks to go into production from 2021 are the battery-electric 4×2 and 6×2 vehicles. The fuel cell version is planned for 2023. Weiterlesen
First customers for Bosch fuel cell trucks
There has been an update on the series production of fuel cell systems for trucks and cars that Bosch plans to launch in 2022. The Group presented a new prototype in Stuttgart and has named their first customers. Weiterlesen
Iveco owner CNH invests in Nikola
CNH Industrial joins Nikola, the US startup specialising in fuel cell and battery-electric trucks, with 250 million dollars. The investment is part of a new round of financing in which Nikola intends to generate more than a billion dollars in capital. Weiterlesen
Hydrogen JV HysetCo launches in Paris region
Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have launched a joint venture called HysetCo to develop hydrogen mobility in the Paris region. It will also serve Hype, the fleet of fuel cell taxis, launched in 2015 during the COP21 and operated in Paris. Weiterlesen
Nikola to release BEV version of their H² trucks
Nikola Motor announced battery electric variants for their hydrogen trucks Nikola Two and Nikola Tre, which will be offered in addition to the fuel cell versions. There will be three battery capacities to choose from: 500 kWh, 750 kWh and 1,000 kWh. Weiterlesen
Nel planning new 360 MW electrolyser plant
The Norwegian manufacturer Nel is planning the construction of what they claim to become the world’s largest electrolyser factory with an annual capacity of 360 MW. The facility is directly related to the major order that Nel received from the U.S. startup Nikola Motor. Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor raises $100M for fuel cell trucks in a week
Nikola Motor says they raised over 100 million dollars in just one week. The current round of funding for $200 million is ongoing and will be oversubscribed, says CEO Trevor Milton, if the trend continues. The money is to help Nikola launch and scale its two fuel cell trucks in 2020. Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor sues Tesla over design patent violation
Nikola Motor has filed a lawsuit against Tesla claiming the Semi electric truck to be “substantially” similar to Nikola Motor’s own design of a fuel cell electric semi truck. In the filing, the infringement is estimated to be worth a loss of 2 billion dollars to Nikola. Tesla denies the allegations. Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor, Hyundai Ioniq.
Click tip: Nikola Motor has been making progress on its hydrogen semi-truck. New renderings reveal the interior, including two bunk beds that could come straight out of Star Trek.
Video tip: Jodi Lai takes this review of the Hyundai Ioniq as an occassion to bust five myths about electrified cars starting with range and availability of charging stations.
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Vanda Electrics, Airbus, Nikola Motor, Mayflower.
Giving a glimpse: Vanda Electrics from Singapore is showing first teaser images of its electric sports car, developed together with Williams Advanced Engineering. The Dendrobium will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. As reported, the company plans a small production series of 10 to 20 units in 2018.
Flying taxi: Airbus CEO Tom Enders confirmed that first test flights with the all-electric and autonomous Vahana (we reported) are scheduled for this year. Next to the single-seat flying taxi, Airbus also plans on setting up a drone delivery service called Skyways and at a later date, the flying taxis service CityAirbus that can carry more than one person and will also be all-electric and autonomous.
Nikola Motor update: The first 5,000 units of the fuel cell truck will be built by company Fitzgerald Glider Kits in Tennessee. Thompson Machinery and Ryder Systems will be in charge of sales and distribution. Meanwhile, Nikola Motor wants to invest 1bn dollars in a new research and development centre, as well as its own production line that could churn out 50,000 fuel cell trucks per year. Nikola says it will pick a location by mid-2018.
Futuristic celebration of the past: For the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing the Atlantic, another vessel will set sail from Plymouth to New England in 2020. Only this one will be fully autonomously and will get its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydrogen.
Nikola Motor, Girfalco, Tesla, CarTube.
Nikola Motor unveils hydrogen-electric truck: The Nikola One prototype features a 320 kWh battery pack an fuel cell drivetrain and will be available from 2020. It has a total output of 735 kW and is said to go up to 1,900 km on one charge. Nikola will offer a leasing option that will include unlimited hydrogen fuel, guarantee, and servicing for 72 months. Moreover, the company pledged to install more than 350 H2 fuelling stations in the U.S. and Canada from 2018, and already announced a smaller non-sleeper cab version called Nikola Two.
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Three-wheeler from Canada: Girfalco has officially presented its Azkarra S (we reported). The electric car boasts 225 kW and will go from 0 to 100 kph in just 2.5 seconds, supposedly making it one of the five fastest production cars. Top speed is set at 240 kph, while the three-wheeler will go 200 km on one charge. Pre-orders will be accepted from January.
Dropping battery prices: Considering the price of the Powerwall 2 and estimated cost per warranted kWh, electrek tries to figure out, how much the cost/kWh for Tesla cars must be. About six months ago, the carmaker said it reached “less than 190 dollars per kWh,” now it could already be at 120 dollars.
New Underground: A new concept called CarTubes by PLP Architecture puts vehicles in London under ground. It’s essentially a subterranean conveyer belt. No matter if you are in a taxi or your own car, you must book a time slot, saying where they want to start and get off. According to its designers, it would not only cut congestion and emissions, but also travel time.