Nikola Corporation, a prominent player in zero-emissions transportation and energy solutions, and BayoTech, a leading innovator in hydrogen production and storage, have announced a collaborative agreement to advance reliable hydrogen supply for zero-emission commercial fuel cell electric vehicle fleets. The strategic supply agreement includes Nikola Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks, BayoTech HyFill bulk hydrogen transport trailers, and hydrogen produced at BayoTech’s distributed network of hubs.
As the anchor hydrogen offtake customer, Nikola expects the delivery of low-carbon hydrogen produced by BayoTech commencing in Missouri this year and California in 2024. To facilitate the distribution of high-pressure gaseous hydrogen from production sites to refuelling stations serving fuel cell electric vehicle fleets, Nikola plans to procure up to 10 BayoTech HyFill transport trailers.
“Nikola and BayoTech are united by a common goal of providing reliable access to hydrogen throughout the United States,” said Michael Lohscheller, President and CEO of Nikola Corporation. “BayoTech’s low-carbon hydrogen fuel and transport equipment will play an important part in supporting the adoption of Nikola’s Class 8 fuel cell electric zero-emission trucks.”
BayoTech will purchase up to 50 Nikola Class 8 fuel cell electric vehicles over the next five years, with the first twelve trucks being delivered in 2023 and 2024. The Nikola trucks will be paired with BayoTech’s HyFill bulk hydrogen transport trailers to deliver low-carbon hydrogen to offtake customers from BayoTech’s hydrogen production hubs.
“We’re immensely proud to be an industry leader in our commitment to deliver hydrogen to local customers via zero-emission fuel cell trucks,” said Mo Vargas, President and CEO, BayoTech. “Partnering with forward-looking companies like Nikola allows us to accelerate the deployment of our hydrogen hub network and stimulate the growth of the hydrogen ecosystem.”
The Nikola fuel cell electric vehicle stands out with its impressive range of up to 500 miles, positioning it as one of the leading zero-tailpipe-emission Class 8 trucks available. This extended range makes it well-suited for a wide range of applications, including drayage, intermodal transportation, truckload, less than truckload, and specialised hauling.
BayoTech’s HyFill bulk hydrogen transport trailers play a vital role in ensuring the efficient movement of hydrogen to distribution and dispensing sites, as well as delivering it to end users. These end users encompass various sectors, such as retail refuelling stations, backup power systems in remote areas, and industrial manufacturing sites.