On November 15, 2017, Nikola and Nel announced the exclusive partnership and a purchase order for two so-called demo hydrogen refueling stations for Nikola's fleet of prototype hydrogen trucks. The partnership aims at developing low-cost, renewable hydrogen production and fueling sites for the potential development of 14 large-scale sites; however, Nikola and Nel are now evaluating if the initial station number should be doubled to 28 stations.
“The Nikola hydrogen electric semi-trucks will begin testing with fleets in 2019 and begin full production in 2021. One of the most respected brands in America just signed an order with Nikola to convert 100% of their fleet over to Nikola trucks. This will require an additional 28 more stations to go up to support those efforts on top of the existing Nel purchase order. Nel has been a great partner to work with and we are excited to begin replacing diesels in America with zero emission trucks. The future for zero emission trucks has never been brighter,” says Trevor Milton, Chief Executive Officer of Nikola.
The additional purchase order has a value of USD 5.5 million, bringing the total value for the demo stations to approximately USD 9 million, with delivery in the second half of 2018 and into 2019.
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