Iveco and Nikola have officially opened its joint manufacturing facility in Europe for the Nikola Tre electric truck.
The site in Ulm, Germany will begin production by the end of the year with the first models produced destined for customers in the US in 2022.
The company also confirmed production plans for a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) with a prototype of the Nikola Tre that will be build in Ulm by the end of 2023.
“Despite all the industry and global pandemic challenges we have been facing since we first announced this partnership in September 2019, it is extremely rewarding to be able to stand here today as a team and witness the execution of all of our hard work delivered on time and according to our original plans,” said Gerrit Marx, president commercial & specialty vehicles at CNH Industrial and CEO of the Iveco Group.
“Thanks to IVECO’s proven expertise and established footprint we have provided a platform upon which Nikola’s technology can thrive. Now our focus is on ensuring the success of this operation and jointly taking the lead when it comes to climate-neutral long- and short-haul heavy-duty transport.”
“This new facility is beautiful, and we are grateful to the IVECO and Nikola teams for their collaboration and perseverance to bring it to life,” said Nikola CEO Mark Russell. “This is yet another important milestone for Nikola as we execute on our strategy and vision to be a global leader in zero-emissions transportation solutions.”
The two companies have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hamburg Port Authority with the intention of a delivering up to 25 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles to the Port throughout 2022. A first phase of testing will see the Nikola Tre BEVs used at the port for transport and logistics operations as well as trialling high-performance charging solutions with a second phase seeing the full integration of the BEV vehicles in port operations, installation of charging infrastructure and on-site service support.
“Nikola applauds the sustainability goals of the Port of Hamburg and is proud to be working with them on this project,” said Russell.
He continued: “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.”
Marx added: “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."