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grayhair    705

Wow, yeah, it's crazy.  Every where I look there's a new hydrogen fuel station.  (Not.)  I've been all over TX, OK, and FL in the last 6 months and haven't seen any construction work on any of these new hydrogen refueling stations.  Zero, zip, nada.  Gotta buy the properties, get local approvals and permitting for tanks with explosive materials, etc.  Maybe there will be hydrogen trucks long before there is actually a place to refuel them.  "Hello, is this Pilot Truck Stop on I-20?  Yeah, good, listen, I'm about 15 miles east of you. Can you bring me 40 lbs. of liquid hydrogen?  Hello?  Hello?  Damn, I think he hung up on me." 

 

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Red Horse    675

Well guys I do know a guy who has recently constructed a hydrogen receipt facility of some sort just off I-495 just before Lowell MA.  He did the civil work (ground, concrete).  I think the customer may have been Praxair.  Obviously this thin g was not built because of "hydrogen class 8s" but there are other needs for hydrogen.

I'll see if I can get more details.

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DailyDiesel    1,081

There seems to be a distinct lack of stations along the east coast. The concentration of those littles will have to increase 10 fold.

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kscarbel2    2,807

Electric truck maker Nikola announces tractor updates, teases launch party

Jason Cannon, Overdrive  /  July 26, 2017

Nikola Motor Co. Sunday provided a few updates on the Nikola One tractor the company expects to road test next year.

Via its Twitter account, the company says it is planning a “huge party/event” for customers, media and partners when the truck rolls off the test assembly line in 2018.

The company also says the hydrogen fuel cell powered truck will feature a 6×4 configuration that is compatible with a dual or super single tires. The steer axle, Nikola says, will feature a nearly 60 degree turning radius.

The tandem driveline, Nikola says, was engineered to handle a 30 percent grade loaded to 80,000 pounds at 0 mph standstill takeoff.

Updates! 3- Nikola One will have 6×4 all wheel drive. Nearly 60 degree turning. Duals or super single compatible. Road testing next year.

— Nikola Motor Company (@nikolamotor) July 23, 2017

 

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41chevy    7,620
58 minutes ago, Dirtymilkman said:

It'll also have a built-in soft serve ice cream machine, it'll come with a trained driver, it has a stable built in for the unicorn that comes with it and the exhaust will shoot out bubbles and rainbows. 

Thanks for the mouth full of coffee on the monitor  LMAO  :thumb:

 

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grayhair    705
3 hours ago, Dirtymilkman said:

It'll also have a built-in soft serve ice cream machine, it'll come with a trained driver, it has a stable built in for the unicorn that comes with it and the exhaust will shoot out bubbles and rainbows. 

Yeah, and without that big, old-tech, stinky, non-green diesel engine under the hood there will be plenty of room for the optional cotton candy machine.  And should the cotton candy machine ever need service that can be handled at any of those 300 hydrogen refueling stations...

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kscarbel2    2,807

Nikola Developing Electric Truck Powertrain with Bosch

Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  September 19, 2017

Nikola Motor Company and Bosch have teamed up to develop an electric powertrain designed for Nikola’s long-haul electric heavy-duty trucks.

The development partnership will bring to market a fuel cell and commercial vehicle eAxle for Nikola’s Class 8 hydrogen-electric truck, slated for production by 2021. Nikola plans to launch the Nikola One and Two, daycab and sleeper versions of its electric truck, that promise 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 lb.-ft. of torque.

The eAxle developed by Bosch is a scalable, modular platform, with the motor, power electronics and transmission in a single unit. It is designed to be suitable for vehicles of all kinds. Nikola and Bosch will use this technology to create a dual-motor commercial vehicle eAxle designed for a long-haul truck.

Trevor Milton, CEO and founder of the Nikola Motor Company, recently told HDT that after the December 2016 unveiling of the Nikola truck, his design team went back and literally redesigned the truck from the wheels up. “We made a lot of improvement in that redesign and we’re in the final steps of that process now,” Milton says. “We’ll have trucks on the road in fleet tests in the third quarter of 2018.”

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

"We have been aggressively pursuing our goal of bringing the most advanced semi-truck ever built to market," said Trevor Milton, Nikola Founder and CEO. "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."

"Breakthrough mobility technology requires visionary targets, speed to-market and disciplined structure to ensure long-term success," said Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management responsible for the commercial vehicle organization . "Together with Nikola we are pushing ourselves to realize new levels of technological achievement and market penetration."

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Nikola and Bosch partner on hydrogen-electric Class-8 long-haul truck; dual-motor commercial-vehicle eAxle

Green Car Congress  /  September 19, 2017

Nikola Motor Company is partnering with Bosch on the development of its hydrogen-fuel-cell range-extended electric Class 8 long-haul truck, unveiled as a prototype in December 2016. (Earlier post.)

By 2021, Nikola intends to bring to market the Nikola One and Two, a class 8 hydrogen-electric truck lineup that will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 lb-ft (2,712 N·m) of torque—nearly double the horsepower of any semi-truck on the road—all with zero tailpipe emissions, as previously announced by Nikola.

At the heart of the Nikola truck lineup is a new commercial vehicle powertrain achieved thanks to a development partnership between Nikola and Bosch. The organizations re-imagined the powertrain from the ground up. Bosch’s eAxle expertise (earlier post) has enabled Nikola to move quickly on an aggressive path to bring its electric truck to market.

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 eAxle will use proven commercial vehicle electric machine technology and SMG (separate motor generator) motors from Bosch, and will realize what the partners call “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. The Nikola Bosch zero local emission powertrain is designed to achieve segment-leading performance at a competitive total cost of ownership to traditional powertrains.

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.

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kscarbel2    2,807

Nikola Taps Bosch for eAxle, Other Key Components

Transport Topics  /  September 25, 2017

Nikola Motor Co. announced Bosch Group will play a key role in supplying powertrain components for its over-the-road and day cab Class 8 hydrogen-electric trucks, which are scheduled to come to market in 2021.

Stuttgart, Germany-based Bosch will supply Nikola with its eAxle, which has a motor, power electronics and transmission in one compact unit, according to Salt Lake City-based Nikola.

The companies also announced they will jointly develop a custom-designed fuel cell system for the trucks. The overall vehicle controls will be jointly developed based upon Bosch’s vehicle control software and hardware.

Referring to it as the “Nikola Bosch zero local emission powertrain,” the truck maker said in a statement that the system is designed to achieve “segment-leading performance” at a competitive total cost of ownership to traditional powertrains.

“Bosch has empowered us to come to market quickly with automotive-grade hardware and software so our vision can become a reality,” Nikola founder and CEO Trevor Milton said in a statement.

The trucks, first announced in December 2016, are intended to deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, according to Nikola.

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41chevy    7,620

Makes sense since most of the E.U. are banning internal combustion between 2025 and 2040.

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