Göteborgsbaserade PowerCell AB leverantör av bränsleceller till amerikanska lastbilstillverkaren Nikola


Nikola Motor Company has named Bosch and PowerCell AB as the primary suppliers of its fuel cells for the Nikola class 8 hydrogen-electric truck.

The Nikola fuel cell is anticipated to output more than 300kW continuously. It has been designed to handle the entire lease period of one million miles per truck.

The Nikola fuel cell is one of the most power dense and advanced fuel cells ever built and is one of the most important pieces to the Nikola drivetrain. “Our relationship with Bosch also gives us access to their experienced engineering team which is one of the largest and most respected in the world,” said Nikola Motor CEO Trevor Milton. “This relationship will be helpful in bringing our products to market as quickly and safely as possible.

Design of reliable systems for commercial vehicles takes decades of experience and Bosch brings that to our relationship.”

Joining the fuel cell development team is PowerCell AB of Sweden as the primary stack supplier for the fuel cells in the first pre-production testing vehicles.

If all goes well during road testing, PowerCell will be integrated into the production lineup.

Nikola plans to announce a secondary stack supplier in 2018 that will act as a backup and overflow for any testing issues or production bottlenecks.

The fully operational, pre-production Nikola Two day-cab will begin testing in Fall of 2018.

Following its release, the Nikola Two will undergo a rigorous 12-month testing period in extreme climates.

This testing period will give the company valuable data in preparation for full production in 2021.

The first 5,000 trucks will be built at Fitzgerald Gliders in Tennessee while Nikola builds its own manufacturing facility.

The location of the Nikola manufacturing facility will be named in early 2018.”

”The leading Nordic fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden AB (publ) has been chosen as the primary fuel cell stack supplier to Nikola Motor Company.

Nikola Motor, the Utah-based company that is developing heavy-duty transport trucks using fuel cell powertrains, has announced that they have chosen PowerCell Sweden AB as their primary supplier of fuel cell stacks for their pre-production testing vehicles. “If all goes well during road testing, we plan on integrating PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks into our production line-up”, said Nikola Founder and CEO Trevor Milton.

PowerCell S3 (100 kW) is a fuel cell stack with best-in-class power density and is primarily designed for automotive application. The compact design makes it easy to integrate in vehicles of different types. The stack is based on industrial components which makes it suitable for volume production.

By 2021, Nikola Motor Company will bring to market the Nikola Two, a class 8 hydrogen-electric truck line-up that will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque – nearly double the horsepower of any semi-truck on the road – all with “zero local emissions,” as previously announced by Nikola.

The unique high power density of PowerCell S3 makes the fuel cell stack attractive to customers like Nikola Motor that aspire to deliver top performance and zero-emissions.

“We are excited and feel honoured by the Nikola appointment and are looking forward to the first order and to deliver cutting edge zero emission power for the Nikola trucks.”, said Per Wassén, CEO of PowerCell Sweden AB.”

[1] NIKOLA MOTOR COMPANY NAMES FUEL CELL KEY SUPPLIERS. 9 November 2017. Nikola Pressrelease. länk

[2] PowerCell appointed as fuel cell stack supplier to Nikola Motor Company. 10 November 2017. PowerCell Pressrelease. länk

[3] Powercell blir leverantör till amerikansk lastbilstillverkare. Dagens Industri. länk