Suppliers Buy Into Nikola’s Fuel Cell Trucks and Hydrogen Plans
April 18, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler
As it launched development of heavy-duty hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, startup Nikola Motor aggressively sought the help of major automotive suppliers rather than attempting to build the vehicle on its own.
“It was smart that they didn’t want to build up every area of expertise,” said Jason Roycht, head of commercial vehicles for Robert Bosch in North America. Bosch dedicated 50 engineers to the Nikola project.
Engineers from the German supplier invested 220,000 hours over 2½ years. Bosch embedded some of its best engineers at Nikola’s headquarters in the Phoenix area, he said.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that in my 20 years at Bosch,” Roycht said. “It’s the most engaging work some of our engineers have had in a long time.”
Nikola this week revealed production versions of two hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric trucks and civilian and military versions of an electric-powered all-terrain vehicle. It also showed a concept personal watercraft that runs on electricity.
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