Nikola Transitions From Battery to Hydrogen-Powered Semi Vans

Nikola has had an actual powerful go of it over the previous few years. Proper now the supposed-to-be truck maker is shedding over $150 million per quarter, and that’s some huge cash when you think about the actual fact it solely has about $150 million in money and receivables available, in response to a report from Automotive Information.

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Being in that kind of cash scenario can change the way you view issues, what your priorities are, and what you’ll do going ahead. That’s apparently what occurred with our expensive Nikola. The corporate is totally revamping its technique. Executives are telling AutoNews that it’s going to deal with hydrogen vehicles and its comparatively new hydrogen refueling enterprise referred to as Hyla.

A part of the rationale for this change in focus is as a result of the hydrogen gas cell model of Nikola’s Tre truck has a claimed 500-mile vary. It drummed up numerous curiosity on the Superior Clear Transportation Expo, and the place there’s curiosity, there’s cash – one thing Nikola desperately wants.

The outlet stories that Nikola sellers presently have 140 gas cell vehicles on order, and it has halted manufacturing at its Coolidge, Arizona manufacturing unit to retool it. However, vehicles received’t be the one element of Nikola’s hydrogen sport plan. It’s apparently additionally going to have a nationwide community of as much as 50 Hyla refueling stations. A mean of 1 per state doesn’t look like sufficient, however what do I do know? It’s reportedly teaming up with Voltera, a Virginia-based power infrastructure firm to construct EV charging and hydrogen fueling stations to make Nikola’s plans come to fruition.

Now, don’t fear Nikola fan(s). The corporate remains to be apparently going to make battery-electric automobiles, however just for particular orders. They’ll be constructed alongside the gas cell vehicles on the Coolidge plant.

“The ports in California, they like a battery electrical truck, and we’re completely satisfied to proceed to provide the battery-electric truck,” Michael Lohscheller, Nikola CEO, instructed Automotive Information.

He additionally stated that Nikola has delivered 162 battery-electric vehicles to clients and has made 33 retail gross sales within the first quarter of 2023.

All of this thrilling information comes as Nikola continues to battle finacially. AutoNews says it’s capable of elevate $500 million going ahead, but it surely’ll should do it by means of present credit score and mortgage agreements. It might additionally borrow cash in opposition to its buildings and different property.

Nikola additionally just lately ended its three way partnership with Iveco, an Italian truck maker, to construct battery-electric vehicles in Europe. Nikola will reportedly promote its stake in Iveco again to the corporate for $35 million, and Iveco will buy 20 million shares of Nikola.

Within the first quarter, Nikola misplaced $169 million, in response to Automotive Information. That works out to 31 cents per share, and it’s a bit greater than the $152.9 million it misplaced within the first quarter of 2022. There may be some excellent news, although. AutoNews says Nikola’s first quarter income reached $11.1 million. That’s up from simply $1.88 million the identical time final 12 months. Good job, guys!


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