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Nikola And Bosch Ready To Raise The Bar On Semi-Truck Electrification

Nikola And Bosch Ready To Raise The Bar On Semi-Truck Electrification”

The market for electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks is in its infancy, but has drawn a growing crowd of competitors.

Now the company has announced a partnership with Bosch that will focus on powertrain development for the vehicle. The trucks are claimed to deliver more than 1000hp and 2000 ft/lbs of torque, which is almost double the horsepower compared to an average semi-truck on the road, with zero emissions.

The powertrain system to be used in Nikola Motor Company's Class 8 hydrogen-electric truck offering is being developed jointly with Bosch, and will utilize Bosch's eAxle, according to a new press release.

Nikola previously said the trucks will sport six electric motors, producing a combined 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted last week that the Silicon Valley Company would show off a prototype of an electric semi-trailer truck on October 26. While Nikola boasts that the trucks can be refueled with hydrogen instead of plugging in, they will feature 320-kilowatt-hour battery packs as well. It integrates three powertrain components - motor, power electronics, and transmission - into one unit that saves weight, space, and cost. Bosch, which had 73.1 billion euros ($87 billion) in sales in 2016, has been shifting away from traditional combustion engine technologies to zero-emission vehicles. Nikola and Bosch will use this know-how to commercialize the world's first true dual-motor commercial-vehicle eAxle for a long-haul truck.

Wired magazine reported in December that Nikola proposes leasing its Nikola One trucks for about $5,000-$7,000 per month, including free fuel, which would be supplied by a network of 364 proprietary refilling stations placed about 400 miles (640 km) apart along highly traveled transport routes.

Nikola expects to gain unprecedented efficiency and range by using eAxle, which the two companies will integrate with a custom-designed fuel cell system. Integrating eAxle is expected to extend that range.

The two companies will also jointly develop vehicle controls based on Bosch's software and hardware. The powertrain requires an innovative and flexible partner able to adapt quickly to the speed of our team. The Nikola Bosch zero local emission powertrain is created to achieve segment-leading performance at a competitive total cost of ownership to traditional powertrains.

Electrification is becoming bigger than anyone imagined.



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