Nikola announced they formed a strategic partnership with Bosch. The partnership allows Nikola to use Bosch fuel modules for its hydrogen-powered trucks. In addition, Nikola will make the energy devices on-site in its Arizona-based factory. The new energy device part of the plant is part of a 50,000 square foot expansion.
This announcement is part of a broader expansion of the company. In addition to the plant expansion, the company is expanding its headquarters to include a new fuel cell research and development area and testing facilities, reports Forbes.
The announcement comes as the company is still recovering from fraud charges against its founder. The company plans to launch its battery-powered Tre semis later this year and hydrogen-powered Nikola Two trucks in 2023.
Nikola is not the only player in the hydrogen long-haul truck niche. Toyota, Hyundai, Volvo, Daimler, Cummins, and General Motors are developing long-haul trucks powered by hydrogen. However, the partnership with Bosch ensures that Nikola has a solid supply chain and an industry-leading energy device for their 2023 launch.