Nikola and Republic scrap electric trash truck – pv magazine USA
The couple worked on the design and construction of a garbage truck based on an emission-free battery-electric propulsion platform and body, and incorporated several new systems into a new, state-of-the-art vehicle.
December 23, 2020
The deal would have included 2,500 trucks.
Electric vehicle developer Nikola Corporation and refuse transport company Republic Services have ended their collaboration on the development of refuse trucks.
The couple worked to design and build a garbage truck based on an emission-free battery-electric propulsion platform and body.
A statement said that after “considerable collaboration and review,” both companies agreed that the combination of technology and design concepts would “result in longer than expected development time and unexpected costs.”
In August, Republic Services agreed to purchase 2,500 Nikola electric garbage trucks with a potential of up to 5,000 orders. Initial testing should have started in Arizona and California, with broader testing in 2022 and full deployment by 2023.
The vehicles were expected to have a range of 150 miles, a battery capacity of up to 720 kWh, and the ability to collect 1,200 cans on one charge. Nikola founder and chairman of the board, Trevor Milton, told the Wall Street Journal last summer that he expected each unit to cost less than $ 500,000. Milton left the company last fall after the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission began investigating the fraud allegations made by short seller Hindenburg.
Announcing the end of his partnership with Republic, Nikola stated that Nikola Tre’s battery-electric tractor unit delivery was still planned for 2021. The company also plans to break ground for its first commercial hydrogen station next year. Future plans are for the company’s fuel cell-electric tractor units to be manufactured at a facility in Arizona starting in 2023.
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