Nikola has recently started a new video series about its upcoming battery-electric Nikola Tre semi-truck. The series presents work on the project. Already two episodes were released.

The first video, above, documents the journey of the first out of 14 Alpha prototypes, from the Port of Baltimore in Maryland to Arizona. Let's recall that the vehicles are developed at the IVECO plant in Ulm, Germany, where production is expected to start in 2021.

It was in December when we learned that the Nikola Tre is equipped with a massive 720 kWh battery.

"In Episode 1 of Driving Change: Destination Arizona, we share the Nikola Tre prototype journey to Arizona. On Dec. 7, the first #TreBEV​ prototype of 14 arrived on US soil from our Ulm, Germany manufacturing facility. This milestone was celebrated in just a little over one year from when we formed a joint venture with @IVECO​ and announced our mutual commitment to building ground-breaking Class 8 zero-emission battery and fuel-cell heavy-duty trucks."

Nikola Tre BEV Alpha
Nikola Tre BEV Alpha
Nikola Tre BEV Alpha
Nikola Tre BEV Alpha

The second video below is even more interesting, as it closely shows the initial commissioning of the first vehicle and its first meters on its own battery power.

"In Episode 2 of Driving Change: Power Up, we share the Nikola Tre prototype in action at the test track in Phoenix, Arizona. Celebrate this passion-filled collaboration of the Nikola and IVECO engineering teams and watch the #NikolaTre​ power up and hit pavement."

It's pretty cool that Nikola has decided to launch such a series and we eagerly wait for more episodes.

Nikola Tre 4x2 specs (from February 2020):

  • up to 400 km (249 miles) of range in an undisclosed test cycle
  • up to 720 kWh modular battery system
  • system output of 480 kW continuous power output and 1,800 Nm peak torque
  • will also be available in 2- and 3-axle rigid versions
  • GVW ranging from 18 to 26 tonnes for urban distribution and municipality missions
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