Nikola has signed a multi-year contract with Battery Startup Proterra for batteries. Nikola Tre BEV and FCEV trucks will use Proterra’s battery systems.
Proterra is to deliver the first prototype systems from the second quarter of 2022. The first Nikola tractor units with Proterra batteries are expected to be produced in the fourth quarter of 2022. The companies have not revealed the time frame of the agreement or how many battery systems will be delivered.
Demand for Nikola’s vehicles is growing which has prompted the cooperation with the US battery systems specialists.
Nikola entered into an agreement with Romeo Power in the summer of 2020 to supply batteries for the prototype electric trucks, it is not entirely clear if Romeo Power is the source Russell is referring to.
Nikola delivered its first battery-electric trucks in the US last December to logistics company Total Transportation Services (TSSI), which serves the Californian ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The delivery was preceded by a letter of intent and a pilot project.
Nikola’s pilot customer in Europe is to be the Port of Hamburg this year with up to 25 BEV trucks. For Europe, the Nikola Tre will be manufactured by Iveco in Ulm.