May 14, 2016

YOUR NEXT TRUCK WILL BE A VOLT:

2,000-HP Hybrid Electric Nikola One Semi is a Trucker's Dream (Jonathon Ramsey, May 13, 2016, Yahoo!)

Nikola Motor Company (NMC) has been working on the Nikola One semi truck for three years in secret and is finally ready to go public. All we have at the moment are renderings, but if Nikola can get close to the claims it's making, the world of long-haul trucks needs to prepare for revolution. The numbers are gob-stopping: a serial-hybrid Class 8 semi with 2,010 horsepower, more than 3,700 pound-feet of torque, a range beyond 1,200 miles, rated to pull a gross weight of 80,000-pounds. All that gumption comes from a 536-horsepower turbine charging a liquid-cooled, 320-kWh lithium-ion battery that powers six 335-hp electric motors - one at each wheel, every motor with dual gear reduction that blows max torque out to 86,000 lb-ft. For comparison to an existing rig, a brand new Kenworth T680 with a 12.9-liter Paccar MX-13 engine puts out 500 hp and 1,850 lb-ft. At six miles per gallon and hauling 270 gallons of diesel, the truck returns a 1,620-mile range.

The Nikola One loses out on driving distance because it employs a single 150-gallon fuel tank, but the claimed benefits more than make up for it. Nikola says the turbine can run on any fuel from natural gas to biodiesel, and a Class 2 DC charger can juice the battery directly. The company says the reduced fuel and maintenance costs (from having no transmission, for instance) can reduce a fleet operator's bill by up to $30,000 a month for a single truck.

Posted by at May 14, 2016 12:10 PM

  

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