In December 2016 the beginning of the fun times of the auto transport industry, the Startup Nikola unveiled its hydrogen-electric truck in a very inspirational way which gives more positive insights into the entire auto transport industry.
The shift of the auto transport industry is going disrupted massively with this new technology and infrastructure implemented, so please don’t miss the opportunity to learn more here.
First and foremost, this a detailed blog post with some sneak peaks into some trucks.
So let’s start off by mentioning that 2 auto transport products are going to be released specifically one off road UTV truck which has been named Nikola Zero and the Electrified-Hydrogen Truck Nikola One, Nikola Two.
The battery pack has an amazing density energy with their innovation and technology which 2 packages from 72kW (200miles) and 107kW(300miles) and guess what? The vehicle is completely silent.
Agreement Ryder Systems Inc
Ryder Systems Inc are going to be servicing, warranting, selling and helping Nikola in 800 locations all across US, Canada and Mexico. Thanks to that agreement they already have pre-ordered approximately 4 billion $.
Fill-in of the trucks
The answer for fill-in of the trucks is building the infrastructure by Nikola, so their solution is integration & control of production, transport, distribution, storage, selling, prices.
On site conversion through hydrolysis from solar energy, with on site storage. The next step will be transporting the hydrogen from the onsite to the station.
The initial plan is to build 364 hydrogen stations with constructions beginning in 2018, stations being already opened 2019.
How are they going to build the trucks?
They have an investor – Fitzgerald, actually, an immediate assembly line – not a massive facility but they tested the building of the truck now.
And then after trying to build the entire 5000 trucks from Fitzgerald, Nikola has an investment plan of building an manufacturing plant (still there is no info where is the location – going to be announced at the end 0f 2017)
Nikola Two – the electrified hydrogen truck they are building has 100% zero emissions and a 1200 mile range with hydrogen powered.
Software & Loadboard – Nikola Shipments
It’s going to be a solution for freight broker to basically upload all the freight in that platform so they do business with carriers all across US.
The best part about the software from the driver perspective is everyone gets access to it for FREE in the truck.
So the interior of the truck is so amazing that it has a massive 21 inches screen so the drivers have the ability to pick any load he has on the load board of Nikola Shipments and doesn’t need to worry about the dispatching.
The system is integrated with all the service centers, hydrogen stations, and available shipments right away from the dashboard screen from the truck and the CEO mentioned that this will allow owner-operators to increase their income by even 50%.
So that’s a quick overview of what we’ve learned about the new auto transport products that owner-operators are dreaming about.
Every owner-operator should watch the previews on youtube right now.
The Auto Transport industry is still just starting up with technology – technology is still young in this world, so owner-operators, drivers, dispatchers, brokers never ever give up!
Until next time.