Nikola secures grant to accelerate zero-emissions electric trucks infrastructure

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Nikola Corporation, a prominent player in zero-emissions transportation and energy solutions, has announced that the California Transportation Commission has granted US$41.9 million to Nikola and sponsors the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This grant will facilitate the construction of six heavy-duty hydrogen refuelling stations across Southern California.

Caltrans will collaborate with Nikola to deploy the set of six hydrogen refuelling stations. The project aligns with Caltrans’ strategy for zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), aiming to incentivise and support the development and adoption of ZEV freight technology throughout the state. It also supports the California Statewide Truck Parking Study by providing a safe parking space for truck drivers.

These strategically positioned hydrogen refuelling stations will be located along major California freight corridors within the South Coast Air Quality Management District, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, and Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. They are expected to have a significant positive impact on the region and the environment, improving community health and reducing carbon emissions. Each refuelling station will be designed to accommodate the growing demand for heavy-duty hydrogen refuelling and maximise truck parking at each site. Some of the anticipated outcomes include improved community health, increased refuelling capability, and future-ready infrastructure.

“Nikola is thrilled to receive this grant from the CTC,” said Carey Mendes, President, Nikola Energy. “This award, in collaboration with Caltrans, will allow us to accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, which is vital for the successful launch of our hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks in July.”

The grant emphasises the importance of open access stations, and Nikola’s hydrogen refuelling stations will align with this approach, promoting the adoption of all hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and supporting a more sustainable future for California and the wider United States.

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