Nikola produced 42 Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in 2023, according to a recent report from the manufacturer.
The zero-emissions transportation provider wholesaled 35 of those vehicles, it added.
“What an effort by our dedicated and passionate team, to create and deliver what we believe is the only U.S.-designed and -assembled Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck on the road today,” Nikola CEO Steve Girsky said in a news release. “Our pioneering spirit is what made it possible to wholesale these 35 trucks to our dealers for customers in the U.S. and Canada.
“We thank our employees, customers, and partners for this achievement—and look forward to delivering more trucks in 2024.”
Of the seven trucks produced but not wholesaled, three are being used in an extended field test with a fleet partner, two are in continued validation and engineering, and two are being used for service training/customer demos, Nikola said.
The company’s FCEV features a range of up to 500 miles and an estimated fueling time as low as 20 minutes. Nikola maintains its truck is among the longest ranges of all commercially available zero-tailpipe-emission Class 8 trucks, with versatile applications ranging from drayage and intermodal to metro/regional truckload and less-than-truckload, and certain specialized-hauling use cases.
“Our goal is to introduce a better, cleaner way to deliver goods to the North American market in a reliable package,” Girsky said. “Our FCEV customer pilot programs have shown strong results, with truck uptime at 98%—crucial for efficient fleet usage.”
Assembled in Coolidge, Arizona, the FCEV commenced serial production on July 31, 2023, with the commercial launch on Sept. 28.