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Nikola receives $1.7M grant from US Department of Energy for fuel cell research

Nikola receives $1.7M grant from US Department of Energy for fuel cell research

Nikola Motors was as of late granted by the US Department of Energy with a $1.7 million award to enable the startup to propel its investigation into power module film anode get together (MEA) innovation. The award comes in the midst of the potential Tesla Semi opponent's proceeded with endeavors to create tough hydrogen innovation for business trucking. 

In a public statement, Jesse Schneider, Nikola's official VP of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies, expressed that the Department of Energy's award would permit the hopeful truck quicken the improvement of hydrogen innovation for its vehicles, which the organization accepts could possibly upset the worthwhile trucking market. 

"This honor gives a chance to the very capable Nikola group to use aptitude in the scholarly world and uncommon assets inside the DOE Fuel Cell Consortium for Performance and Durability to quicken a leap forward that will profit the whole hydrogen and power module industry and network," Schneider said. 

Nikola's award was given by the US Department of's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Transportation Office, as a component of the as of late reported FY19 Commercial Trucks and Off-Road Applications FOA. NEL Hydrogen of Oslo, Nikola's hydrogen accomplice, was additionally granted a $2 million award by the DoE. 

The trucking startup's energy component film cathode gathering (MEA) inquire about is planned for building up a design that could fulfill the power yield needs and sturdiness prerequisites of uncompromising applications, for example, the activities of the organization's whole deal vehicles like the Nikola One. The truckmaker noted in its official statement that its exploration is being directed nearby scholastics from Carnegie Mellon University, Northeastern University, and Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Nikola claims that it right now has 14,000 requests for its Class 8 trucks. The vehicles are required to be fabricated in a manufacturing plant in Coolidge, AZ. Testing is relied upon to start on Arizona streets this year, with full creation to begin in late 2022. Nikola is yet to uncover if its underlying generation runs will include the first Nikola One sleeper truck, or the littler, more up to date Nikola Two daycab, which was officially disclosed last April. 

This time span would almost certainly bring about Nikola's electric trucks entering the market later than the Tesla Semi, which is as of now experiencing broad testing on various states over the US. Creation of the Tesla Semi is relied upon to start at some point one year from now, as supported by the electric vehicle creator's administrators in the organization's first-quarter profit call.

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