Bosch has announced a partnership with Nikola Motor to bring the start-up’s two hydrogen-electric semi-trucks to the market by 2021.
Simply dubbed the Nikola One and Nikola Two, the semis will utilize Bosch’s eAxle technology, a hydrogen fuel cell, 320-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric motors to produce around 1,000 hp and more importantly, offer a range of between 800 and 1,200 miles.
Bosch’s eAxle is a scalable, modular platform that combines the motor, power electronics and transmission into a single unit.
Nikola revealed the One semi-truck in December last year but that show vehicle didn’t have a finished powertrain or interior. Bosch’s expertise will help make the drive system a reality.
In a statement, Nikola founder and chief executive Trevor Milton said “We have been aggressively pursuing our goal of bringing the most advanced semi-truck ever built to market. The powertrain requires an innovative and flexible partner able to adapt quickly to the speed of our team. Bosch has empowered us to come to market quickly with automotive-grade hardware and software so our vision can become a reality.”