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Nikola partners with Bosch on zero emission prime mover

US-based company Nikola Motor Company is aggressively targeting the electric vehicle market with a new partnership with Bosch to make its 'zero local emission' prime mover a reality.

Nikola revealed its truck lineup in December last year, and since revealed that the vehicles, dubbed 'Nikola One' and 'Nikola Two', will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

Now, the new partnership with Bosh will see it develop a new electric powertrain based on Bosch's eAxle expertise.

Nikola One and Two aim to deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque – nearly double the horsepower of any semi-truck on the road, according to Nikola.

“We have been aggressively pursuing our goal of bringing the most advanced semi-truck ever built to market,” said Nikola Founder and CEO Trevor Milton.

“The powertrain requires an innovative and flexible partner able to adapt quickly to the speed of our team. Bosch has empowered us to come to market quickly with automotive-grade hardware and software so our vision can become a reality.”

The Bosch eAxle is a scalable, modular platform with the motor, power electronics and transmission in one compact unit that will be paired with the custom-designed hydrogen fuel cell and use commercial vehicle electric machine technology and SMG (separate motor generator) motors from Bosch.

“Bosch is an incubator of electromobility solutions. No matter whether at established OEMs or start-ups, Bosch is accelerating development and helps achieve fast breakthroughs on the market,” said Dr Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Organisation.

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