According tomedia reports, Nikola may not have built a Badger pickup for customers to drive, but that hasn’t stopped the Tesla rival from signing a deal to supply electric garbage trucks. Under the agreement, Nikola will produce at least 2,500 electrified trucks for Republic Services, which plans to use them for quieter, greener garbage collection.
In recent months, the Bad Nikolager pickup has attracted a lot of attention, and trucking and transportation have been the carmaker’s initial focus. The company focuses on providing pure electricity and hydrogen fuel cells for possible power systems, one or two of which can provide longer distances and city-friendly zero-emissions.
Republic’s goal is to design a truck chassis and body that can carry up to 720 kWh of energy storage. It will use the existing Nikola Tre platform, a hydrogen-electric truck designed by the company to adapt to the European market. Nikola said the truck’s horsepower would be limited to 1,000 horsepower, but would still be ahead of the current diesel and gas versions.
“The new platform provides nearly three times as much power options for garbage trucks as gas and diesel, making it easy for operators to load up the mountain, a challenge that gas manufacturers have been working on,” Nikola said in a statement today. “
Nikola says the car can get up to 150 miles of total range on a single charge. These trucks will be able to carry up to 1,200 cans of garbage. In addition to not producing emissions, it will make the process very quiet, which may be popular with those tired of being woken up early in the morning on garbage day.
Yet those unfamiliar with the waste industry may not realize how unusual it is for a company like Republic to order the chassis and body of a new truck from a single supplier at the same time.
“Garbage truck customers always order chassis from truck OEMs and body work from other suppliers. “Nikola is fully integrated with the chassis and body, covering a single factory warranty,” explains Nikola CEO Mark Russell. The truck will include automatic side loaders and front-end loaders, all of which will be zero-emissions. “
Road testing of the new garbage truck is expected to begin in early 2022. If all goes according to plan, full production will begin in 2023. The contract also includes the possibility of expanding orders to 5,000 trucks.
“Fleet electrification has a number of expected benefits, including instant torque, no idling, regenerative braking, reduced emissions by up to 90% per mile, reduced community operating noise, and significantly reduced maintenance costs,” Republic said of the trucks. Jon Vander Ark, the company’s president, said moving from a traditional internal combustion engine to an internal combustion engine would result in significant operating costs.
So far, it’s been a shocking year for Nikola Motors, and while no car — a pickup truck or Class 8 truck — has been built, share prices are soaring. In fact, that is unlikely to change until the fourth quarter of 2021, with Nikola confirming earlier this month that Tre is expected to start production in Ulm, Germany, and eventually have a supporting facility in Coolidge, Az, but it could take years for it to go fully online.