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Nikola’s hydrogen plan builds steam

Aug. 3, 2023
Zero-emissions truck maker scores another $16.3M in funding to support the creation of seven open-network hydrogen refueling stations—bringing its tally to $58.2M in grant money

Nikola’s plan to build out a hydrogen refueling network is building steam.

The zero-emissions heavy-duty truck manufacturer recently revealed it was awarded an additional $16.3 million in regulatory grant funding to support the creation of seven open-network hydrogen refueling stations in California.

Nikola reports it now has received $58.2 million in awards for its hydrogen refueling stations, which includes the $41.9 million Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP) grant award, collectively representing six hydrogen refueling stations located along California freight corridors within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, and Mojave Desert AQMD.

The recent awards include:

  • EnergIIZE West Sacramento California Energy Commission: $3.3 million (conditionally awarded pending final approval)
  • Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee: $1.6 million
  • SacMetro AQMD: $7 million
  • South Coast AQMD: $4.4 million

The additional awards build on Nikola’s partnership with Voltera to develop up to 50 HYLA stations throughout North America over the next five years.

“The California grant awards and government funding demonstrate the strong support for the Nikola hydrogen infrastructure brand HYLA’s mission of establishing a comprehensive zero-emission transportation solution to help fleets achieve climate goals and improve air quality in the most impacted communities,” Carey Mendes, Nikola Energy president, said in a news release. “We continue to be grateful for the leadership demonstrated by California agencies in supporting the buildout of a zero-emissions ecosystem.

“Building an integrated hydrogen ecosystem to support hydrogen fuel cell electric truck deployment and creating a scalable energy business is a top priority for us.”