Big switch: Nikola One all-electric truck will now be charged by hydrogen fuel cell
Nikola Motor Company just changed lanes. In May, when Nikola first announced itself and its plans for a zero-emissions long-haul truck, the truck was going to run on battery power backed up by a natural gas turbine. Scratch that. Today Nikola announced the Nikola One Class 8 truck will actually be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, as reported by Electrek.
In June Nikola announced it had collected $2.3 billion worth of pre-orders (a total of over 7,000 pre-orders, some possibly multiple) on the big truck. At that time the Nikola One truck’s power was stated to come via a 320kWh lithium battery pack with a 150-gallon natural gas tank to fuel the turbine that would recharge the battery pack. The turbine set up was called a “range-extender.
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Now, according to the press release, Nikola says the actual technology details were “kept confidential pending finalization of key supplier agreements.
”Here’s the new power train, from the release: “a custom-built hydrogen-electric 800V fuel cell. Nikola’s hydrogen class 8 trucks will be more powerful than any other production diesel truck on the road and have a range of over 1,200 miles between fill-ups. It will achieve nearly 20 mpg with zero emissions under full load …”Related: Without even a prototype, Nikola reports 7,000+ pre-orders for electric truck
The company claims the vehicle will have half the operating cost of diesel powered trucks. The powertrain is rated at 1,000 horsepower and 2,000-foot pounds of torque. Nikola says the truck can accelerate from zero to 60 acceleration under a full load in 30 seconds and stop with a full load in 150 feet. According to both figures cited by Nikola its truck will get up to speed in half the time and brake in half the distance of diesel trucks.
Nikola now also offers a leasing program with the rate set at $5,000 to $7,000 a month depending on options and trim. The monthly fee covers the lease payment, unlimited miles, unlimited fuel, scheduled maintenance, and a full warranty. After 72 months or 1,000,000 miles owners can trade their Nikola One in for another one at no additional cost.
In a message to people who already put down a deposit based on the previous powertrain specifications, Nikola said they’ll have their choice of buying or leasing “when we finalize the design and order with you.” All deposits are refundable, so anyone who wants to walk is able to do so at any time. The original technology depended upon access to a network of natural gas refilling stations, for which Nikola had not previously arranged.
The source for all the hydrogen? Nikola say the company is “in the process of developing multiple 100-megawatt solar farms to create hydrogen from electrolysis. Nikola will convert solar energy to hydrogen on-site using only energy and water, making it the only fuel that is zero emission from production to consumption.
”The company also announced 56 hydrogen filling stations (at first, with more to come) strategically located across the U.S. and Canada. A map of the planned stations is on the company website. The company promises the hydrogen stations will be serviced by a fleet of Nikola One trucks. The trucks will transport liquid hydrogen from the solar farms to the hydrogen stations. Like the Nikola One trucks, the solar farms and hydrogen filling stations are scheduled to be ready by 2020.On December 1, 2016 the Nikola One will be unveiled at the company’s Salt Lake City headquarters. It will be an invite-only event, but will also be streamed online on the Nikola website. The company also stated it now has more than $3 billion pre-orders.
It remains to be seen if people who thought they were signing on for eventual delivery of trucks powered by battery backed up by natural gas, outlets for which are relatively common, will stay on board with technology requiring solar farms and a national network of hydrogen filling stations.
While $3 billion is a lot of money, it certainly sounds like the investment necessary to build all the solar farms and hydrogen stations as well as set up a factory and production process to create the trucks in the numbers the company is speaking about will require a great deal more in investment. Nikola Motor Company is a privately held firm.
2017 Honda Clarity $369/m Hydrogen Electric Car Supply an average household seven days
Are you thinking about leasing the Honda Clarify Fuel Cell Hydrogen Electric Car? Honda Hydrogen Electric has now revealed that the vehicle will cost $369/m and 36 months. The first plan was USD500 so a great deal; new plan for the 2017 year is now much better than before.
Signed the Honda Clarity Hydrogen Electric, customers, will have to prepareUSD2499 when customers sign up for the Honda Hydrogen Electric Car lease. The Clarity Hydrogen Electric will be available at 12 of the fuel cell hydrogen electric car dealers, that Honda has in the countries cross of the world. Currently in Southern California is six, in Bay Area is five and in Sacramento one.
Honda Hydrogen Electric Fuel Cell is not the only keeping things low as well. Toyota has also announced that their customers can now lease the Toyota Mirai for only $349 a month this year.
Free Electricity from a Vehicle: Easy to Use, Portable External Power Output Device
Vehicles powered by electricity, such as fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) can store, or generate, significant amounts of electricity. By utilizing this electricity, vehicles can act as a “power source on wheels” in various situations.
By connecting Honda’s Power Exporter 9000 portable external power output device to vehicles equipped with external power output, various electrical equipment (up to 9kVA) can be powered. Connected to the Clarity Fuel Cell, the Power Exporter 9000 can supply enough electricity to power an average home for approximately seven days.
Vehicles Direct Current (DC) Output electricity, which cannot be used to power supply household electrical equipment, which is requiring AC alternating current electricity. The vehicle’s DC must be converted to AC. Power Exporter 9000 is the interface that enables vehicles and electrical equipment to “get connected"
Honda Hydrogen Electric Overview
Honda Power Exporter 9000 is powered by vehicles equipped with external power DC output. After confirming the vehicle is ready to output electricity, the car is to connect to the Honda Power Exporter 9000, which is switched to position ON. Honda Hydrogen Electric Power Exporter 9000 is communicating with the car, and once ready draws DC electricity from the car, converted to AC outputted power electricity which can be used to power supply household customers electrical devices. The Honda Hydrogen Electric Power Exporter 9000 can output both AC100V and AC200V simultaneously, powering a wide range of user devices- from low-load electronics such as smartphones to high-load appliances such as lights and heating..
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