Iveco and Nikola unveil battery-electric truck

Iveco, FPT Industrial and Nikola unveiled the maquette of the Nikola TRE, a battery electric vehicle (BEV) with a range of up to 400km.

The Nikola TRE is first vehicle resulting from the joint venture between CNH Industrial and Nikola. It is based on the Iveco S-Way truck, which was launched in July. The Nikola TRE integrates Nikola’s advanced electric technology and new-generation proprietary infotainment system.

The integration of the Nikola design on the Iveco S-Way was carried out by Nikola and Italdesign in its headquarters in Moncalieri, Turin.

Gerrit Marx, Iveco’s president commercial and specialty vehicles, said that the Iveco S-Way is: “the bones of the Nikola TRE and marks the beginning of a new journey towards zero-emissions trucking, providing the platform for us to introduce disruptive features that will change the transport industry.”

The vehicle shown is a maquette of the Nikola TRE 4×2 tractor for regional operations, with a range of up to 400km and performance equal or better than a diesel equivalent model, according to the companies.

It will feature a modular battery system with a total capacity of up to 720kWh, which can be tailored to match customers’ missions. The electric driveline will deliver 480kW continuous power output with 1,800Nm peak torque.

The Nikola TRE will also be available in 2- and 3-axle rigid versions, with GVW ranging from 18 to 26 tonnes for urban distribution and municipality missions.

In addition, the Nikola TRE will feature a new infotainment system based on Nikola’s proprietary operating system that integrates infotainment and navigation functions, as well as controls for the bulk of the vehicle’s functionalities. The system’s features include climate control, mirror adjustment, suspension height adjustment, 360-degree camera system, navigation, Bluetooth audio system, comprehensive vehicle settings and admin vehicle diagnostics.

The vehicle uses Bluetooth low energy technology to create a secure link between the vehicle and the customer’s mobile device, creating a hands-free media experience. This also enables a smart keyless entry system to unlock as the driver approaches the vehicle. The system can even adjust settings such as ride height and climate temperature to driver preference.

IVECO, FPT Industrial and Nikola have adopted a modular approach in developing their electric offering for the European market. Nikola said the fuel cell will be the starting point for the design of the electric battery, so that the Nikola TRE BEV can be converted to fuel-cell technology.

The partners are taking a long-term approach, bringing both technologies on stream now to pursue BEV and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in their offering in the next few years.

The Nikola TRE will be launched at the IAA 2020 exhibition in Germany and Nikola World 2020. The plan to deliver the first units to customers in 2021, while the FCEV will be available to customers by 2023.

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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