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Nikola and Bosch sell e-hydro truck 1,000 horsepower by 2021

Nikola Motor Company and Robert Bosch GmbH announced that they have collaborated to build class 8 hydrogen-electric trucks. Truck startu-up in Salt Lake City and giant spare parts in Stuttgart built the powertrain for The Nikola One and Two as a commercial vehicle of more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque to be sold in 2021.

Tinuku Nikola and Bosch sell e-hydro truck 1,000 horsepower by 2021

"Bosch is an incubator of electromobility solutions. No matter whether at established OEMs or start-ups, Bosch is accelerating development and helps achieve fast breakthroughs on the market," said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Organization.

The eAxle developed by Bosch is a scalable, modular platform with the motor, power electronics and transmission in one compact unit. This makes it suitable for vehicles of all kinds, from small passenger cars to light trucks. Nikola and Bosch will use this know-how to commercialize the world’s first true dual-motor commercial-vehicle eAxle for a long-haul truck.

"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," said Nikola Founder and CEO Trevor Milton.

The eAxle will use proven commercial vehicle electric machine technology and separate motor generator (SMG) motors from Bosch. The technology vision of Nikola and integration expertise from Bosch will enable the Nikola trucks to realize unprecedented targets for e-machine efficiency.

The eAxles will be paired with a custom-designed fuel cell system also being developed jointly between Nikola and Bosch designed to deliver benchmark vehicle range. The overall vehicle controls will also be jointly developed based upon Bosch’s vehicle control software and hardware.

"Breakthrough mobility technology requires visionary targets, speed to-market and disciplined structure to ensure long-term success. Together with Nikola we are pushing ourselves to realize new levels of technological achievement and market penetration," Heyn said.

Bosch and Nikola will also jointly develop the overall powertrain system for the Nikola lineup, which will include the safety concept and vehicle electrical architecture. The Nikola One and Two will launch with one of the most optimized and state-of-the-art system designs and vehicle controls in the mobility sector.

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