Nikola opens first hydrogen refueling station

Feb. 5, 2024
New Ontario facility in Southern California marks key step in OEM’s plan to establish a hydrogen refueling network for customers through its HYLA brand and partner locations

Nikola Corporation recently opened its first HYLA-branded hydrogen refueling station for Class 8 trucks in Southern California.

Featuring an advanced modular fueler, the new Ontario station is capable of fueling up to 40 Nikola hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks per day. The facility is one of up to 60 hydrogen refueling stations Nikola plans to establish in the coming years, the company reported, with nine planned to be in place by the end of the second quarter.

Nikola will provided 24/7 support with on-site HYLA ambassadors and operations technicians, ensuing a “seamless and efficient” fueling experience, the company added.

“We are thrilled to open the first HYLA hydrogen refueling station in Southern California, marking a significant milestone for Nikola and offering convenient access for our customers," Ole Hoefelmann, Nikola Energy president, said in a news release. “Easing the transition to a zero-emission trucking future and prioritizing access to a hydrogen solution network is our top objective and we’re just getting started.

“Once the nine planned solutions are in place by mid-2024, Nikola will have established one of the world’s largest heavy-duty hydrogen refueling networks, providing customers accessibility at their current locations and along their planned routes.”

Working alongside industry leaders, Nikola plans to secure a “robust” hydrogen supply chain and refueling infrastructure to support customers, further facilitating the adoption of zero-emission fuel cell electric trucks. HYLA solutions will included modular and permanent fueling stations, customer-owned facilities, and public truck stop partnerships, Nikola said.

The planned network includes a recently signed 10-year agreement with FirstElement Fuel for a hydrogen refueling station in Oakland.