Nikola World, set for December, now bumped indefinitely
Was set to showcase Badger pickup, other “surprises”
Nikola Motor had one of the bumpiest corporate months we’ve ever seen in September, from the high of a massive partnership with General Motors to the low of a damning report released just days later, the company’s founder stepping down as chairman as a result, and then being accused of multiple sexual assaults. Now, the company has delayed its in-person conference where the electric pickup truck was set to be shown off (along with “a few planned surprises”) as the company tries to quickly regroup and get back on track.
In an announcement Wednesday, Nikola gave an update that the Nikola World event would be rescheduled, citing audience restrictions related to COVID-19. They did not reveal a new date for the event.
The company also said that it expected the first batch of prototypes of the Nikola Tre, an electric large truck, would be “substantially completed” at the company’s joint venture with Iveco in Germany “in the next few weeks.” That vehicle uses many components from Iveco trucks, but Nikola says that its engineers “have taken the lead” on the driver interface, battery pack, and integration with the Bosch motor and invertor components.
The company expects the Tre to start deliveries in Q4 next year and expects the hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi-trucks to start beta testing in 2022.
A deal with GM that would see the General manufacture and engineer the Nikola Badger pickup was expected to finalise this week, but is said to have talks still ongoing.
Nikola will give Nikola World attendees a refund for the now-moved December event or will hold the tickets until a new date is chosen.