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Nikola plans on building 100 hydrogen truck stations a year

Hydrogen powered commercial vehicle manufacturer, Nikola Motor Company, has outlined its fuel cell future vision including plans to rapidly expand its H2 network of fuel stations from 2020.

At the first of its two day Nikola World event in Arizona, Nikola said it was working with industry partners and OEMs to develop hydrogen standards to facilitate fuelling in less than 15 minutes.

“The goal is safety and interoperability, so that anyone can fuel at our station," said Jesse Schneider, Nikola Executive Vice President.

"This is a big deal.”

The company according to CEO Trevor Milton, plans on building up to 100 hydrogen stations per year commencing in 2020 through 2028.

Cabover cousins the European Nikola Tre and the American Nikola Two were showcased at the event.

Both will be available in hydrogen electric or battery electric power for short haul urban application it was announced.

The powertrains according to Milton were identical.

At present there were more than 13,000 Nikola trucks on order.

Anheuser-Busch, the biggest producer of beer in North America including the Budweiser brand, has ordered 800 of Nikola’s hydrogen heavy vehicles, after committing itself to convertng its entire long haul dedicated fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025.

"We want to transform everything about the transportation industry," said Milton. "With Nikola's vision, the world will be cleaner, safer and healthier."

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