CNH Industrial brands – FPT Industrial and Iveco – have presented the scope of the partnership with NIKOLA and its ambitious goal of achieving zero emissions in North America and Europe.
The joint-venture has revealed that its first truck will be the battery electric NIKOLA TRE, which is based on the new IVECO S-WAY heavy-duty truck platform and integrates NIKOLA’s proprietary technology, controls and infotainment.
Testing is expected to begin in mid-2020, with the European public launch planned for the IAA September 2020 commercial vehicle exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
Hubertus Mühlhäuser, Chief Executive Officer, CNH Industrial, says: “This joint-venture with NIKOLA is testament to both partners’ technical expertise, which will result in tangible environmental benefits for Europe’s long distance hauliers.”
Trevor Milton, Chief Executive Officer, NIKOLA Motors, adds: “This partnership is a win-win for everyone involved. From the moment we launched the NIKOLA ONE in 2016, truck drivers and government officials have been asking for us to bring NIKOLA to Europe. We needed the right partner to help us enter the European market and CNH Industrial is the right commercial partner.”
The partnership includes the creation of a European joint venture to develop and distribute cab-over hydrogen fuel-cell and battery-electric trucks for the European market.