Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA) and IVECO, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hamburg Port Authority during the inauguration of their joint-venture manufacturing facility in Ulm, Germany. The agreement states their joint intent to supply up to 25 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles (BEV) for delivery to the Port throughout 2022.
The first phase involves testing of the Nikola Tre BEVs at the port for transport and logistics operations together with high-performance charging solutions.
A second phase will see the full integration of the BEV vehicles in port operations, installation of charging infrastructure and on-site service support including major suppliers.
The vehicles provided for these two phases will be the U.S. version of the Nikola Tre with special permissions for in-port operation.
Based on the IVECO S-WAY truck platform with an electric axle co-designed and produced by FPT Industrial, the vehicles feature Nikola’s advanced electric and fuel cell technology, together with key components provided by Bosch.
Nikola CEO, Mark Russell, says: “Nikola applauds the sustainability goals of the Port of Hamburg and is proud to be working with them on this project. Nikola is also working on a similar program in the United States. These types of landmark agreements continue to reinforce the global shift we are seeing toward a new zero-emission future.”
Gerrit Marx, President Commercial & Specialty Vehicles, CNH Industrial, adds: “Germany’s largest seaport by volume is the perfect place for us to demonstrate the performance and competitiveness of the Nikola Tre. We look forward to seeing the first results in phase one and learning how we can best assist Hamburg Port Authority in reaching their energy goals.”
Founded in 2015, Nikola Corporation is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.