Nikola promises electric semi prototypes this year as GM delays potential partnership – Roadshow

The Tre’s actually simply an Iveco S-Approach, however it packs an in-house Nikola powertrain.


There is no doubt Nikola is taking part in protection. The corporate continues to reel from the aftermath of an in depth report from a monetary forensics agency that known as the electric-hydrogen truck startup an “intricate fraud.” Nikola on Wednesday tried to calm some fears because it laid out a roadmap for its near-term accomplishments. In the meantime, General Motors, its potential associate, has reportedly pushed again a date to formally create a tie-up between the two.

Among the many upcoming plans, Nikola promised it should end the primary Tre battery-electric semi prototypes within the coming weeks someday within the fourth quarter of this yr. That should not be an excessive amount of of a trouble for the reason that Tre is actually a rebadged Iveco S-Approach with the startup’s personal battery-electric powertrain beneath. This month’s bombshell report accused the agency of missing any type of proprietary expertise, however with the Tre, Nikola may present it does in reality have one thing of value. Iveco’s guardian firm, CNH Industrial, poured a massive investment into Nikola in 2019 and the 2 plan to work collectively to sort out the European semi market.

We do not know what the prototypes will pack, however Nikola promised a 720 kilowatt-hour battery pack, 644 horsepower and 1,327 pound-feet of torque. That is speculated to be an in-house powertrain, however you will excuse us if we stay skeptical. A part of the cope with GM is for the legacy automaker to produce its Ultium battery technology and fuel-cell methods, which has all the time sounded odd if Nikola was far alongside by itself powertrain. The Tre is meant to enter manufacturing subsequent yr, in response to the timeline.

Again to GM, the automaker has skipped a tentative time limit for its contract with Nikola. The deal was supposed to shut on Wednesday, however the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that GM has pushed the contract signing again because it probably renegotiates the deal’s phrases. 

“Our transaction with Nikola has not closed,” the automaker instructed Roadshow in an announcement. “We’re in discussions with present Nikola administration and can present additional updates when applicable or required.” 

Following the departure of Nikola’s former Govt Chairman Trevor Milton, two ladies have since come ahead alleging Milton sexually assaulted them after they had been youngsters. “In mild of latest allegations concerning the non-public habits of [Milton], we need to emphasize that GM strongly condemns sexual harassment and abuse of any type,” GM mentioned. 

The deal by no means appeared to offer GM a lot of something, however following fraud allegations and Milton stepping down and vanishing from social media, it seems like GM has much more to lose if issues proceed to go south. Whereas Nikola receives {hardware} for its promised lineup of semi trucks and its promised Badger pickup, GM was to get Nikola inventory value $2 billion. Previously month Nikola inventory fell practically 55%, although shares rose practically 5% in premarket buying and selling on Wednesday.


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Sean Szymkowski