Electric startup Nikola Corporation (Phoenix, AZ) is poised to enter the U.S. battery-electric vehicle (BEV) fleet market with an order for 100 Nikola Tre trucks for TTSI’s zero-emission fleet.
Nikola (Nasdaq: NKLA) today delivered the first BEV pilot trucks to Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI), one of Southern California’s leading port truck companies, in hopes of accelerating a future cleaner in the port areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
While President Biden recently pledged to an electric future for federal government fleets, several officials from California were on hand to help take delivery as part of the induction ceremony, including MP Nanette Diaz BarragÃ¡n (44th District of California), State Senator Steven Bradford, as well as several leaders of the House of Representatives. California Governor Gavin Newsom sent a representative from the Office of Economic and Business Development, and several organizations were also in attendance, including representatives from the Port of Los Angeles, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, from the Coalition for Clean Air, CALSTART, etc.
Guests were able to experience and experience Nikola Tre firsthand.
âNikola is committed to making its first deliveries of Tre BEV in the fourth quarter of 2021 and it is a great honor to celebrate this milestone with our partner, TTSI, and dignitaries who are committed to advancing transportation solutions. emissions to reduce emissions from trucks in port operations, âsaid Nikola CEO Mark Russell.
âTTSI has important sustainability goals and we are excited to help them realize their vision with our zero emission trucks. “
As previously stated, TTSI’s letter of intent is for 100 zero emission trucks and this process begins with a four vehicle pilot of two BEVs and two FCEVs. Once the first vehicle tests have been completed and subject to obtaining government funding, 30 more BEVs are expected to be delivered in 2022, with 70 FCEVs to follow in 2023.
The Nikoa Tre is designed for local deliveries up to 350 miles, a higher EPA projection than many new and upcoming EVs. The Nikola Tre FCEV truck is designed for long distances, extending range to 500 miles. Nikola’s FCEV is expected to help strengthen the regional US market where additional transport capacity and / or rapid refueling is required by fleet operators.
âThis day represents a major milestone in our continued quest to achieve a zero emission fleet, which is why TTSI attaches great importance to its partnership with Nikola. Production, performance and maintenance will be key to our future success, and we are confident that Nikola will excel on all three fronts, âsaid Vic LaRosa, President of TTSI.
Smog and particulates are a real problem for busy California ports. According to TTSI, 13,000 to 14,000 trucks stop at the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach each month, destroying approximately 2,600 tonnes of nitrogen oxide emissions that cause smog. TTSI is thrilled to be at the forefront of the fight against climate change in Southern California and to partner with an American company to reduce emissions and help forge a more sustainable (and breathable) future. .
Nikola is also planning European ports. In September 2021, Nikola and IVECO signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port Authority of Hamburg in Germany to deliver up to 25 Nikola Tre BEVs to this port throughout 2022.
âAchieving a zero-emission transport future requires bold leadership and collaboration from federal, state and local partners, as well as major investments from the private sector,â said MP Nanette Diaz BarragÃ¡n. âThis is crucial for the health of people living in communities near ports in my district, who suffer from higher rates of cancer, asthma and other respiratory illnesses due to all the toxic diesel emissions from the equipment. and trucks in ports. I appreciate the commitment TTSI and Nikola have made at the Port of Los Angeles for a cleaner, safer future.
Originally posted on Global Fleet Management