Nikola Motors is planning to unveil two new electric semi trucks at its Nikola World event on April 16th and 17th in Phoenix, Arizona.
Called the Nikola Two and Nikola Tre, they will both be fully electric and designed for use in urban environnements for lighter loads and shorter distances.
Nikola Motors has been reluctant to invest in all-electric semi-truck development, saying when Tesla unveiled their own truck that electric power wasn’t practical for the needs of semi-truck drivers. They’ve apparently changed their minds.
That said, Nikola Motors still doesn’t think the Two and Tre can replace long-distance traditional semis. They plan to keep working on hydrogen-powered solutions which the Phoenix-based company feels are more practical and provide better value for efficient transport over long distances.
No word yet on how far the Nikola Two and Tre will be able to travel. The Tesla Semi unveiled in 2017 has two battery-pack options that provide 300 and 500 miles of range. Tesla says the Semi can hit 100 km/h in 20 seconds with a full load thanks to four electric motors.
Nikola Motors once mocked the Tesla Semi, saying the range was overstated and that it wasn’t practical to rely only on electric motors to power a semi-truck. It seems they’ve somewhat changed their minds.