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Roadway Revolution: Nikola Accelerates Hydrogen Truck Production

An impressive feat was accomplished this quarter by Nikola Corporation, a trailblazer in the sector. If you’re not currently invested in the zero-emissions transportation world, it’s worth paying attention to growth in the hydrogen sector.

Nikola Corporation Boosts Cash Position by a Stunning $107.1M

This last quarter, Nikola has been an economic powerhouse, boosting its cash position by a remarkable $107.1 million. It has not only managed to cut down on spending, but also doubled its available funds.

We’ve rounded the bend, and profitability is in sight,” said Nikola’s CEO Michael Lohscheller. He assures that Nikola’s revolutionary work towards a greener future in trucking is for the long haul.

Record-breaking Quarter for Nikola’s Retail Sales

But the exciting news doesn’t end there.

Nikola started serial production of its hydrogen fuel cell electric truck on July 31, with the first batch for delivery to eager customers in September. Already, 18 customers have placed orders for over 200 of these trailblazing vehicles, a testament to Nikola’s promise and potential.

Their strategic goals for the quarter? They’ve surpassed them. 

Not only did Nikola sell a record-breaking 66 retail battery-electric trucks and an additional 45 wholesale. They also decreased their cash flow to below their $150 million target. 

As a result, they managed to raise an astonishing $233.2 million. Nikola’s game-changing hydrogen refueling ecosystem has also seen substantial progress.

Nikola’s HYLA Brand: Ensuring Adequate Hydrogen Supply for a Brighter Tomorrow

With their HYLA brand leading the way, Nikola is forging ahead to meet the increasing demand for hydrogen supply as truck sales skyrocket. They’re not alone in their mission, either; they’ve got solid partners to drive the hydrogen refueling ecosystem forward.

Nikola and Voltera have recently teamed up, and they’re already working on setting up eight initial stations. Their first station in Ontario, California will be operational by year’s end.

In a momentous stride towards their capital efficient strategy, the Phoenix Hydrogen Hub project has been acquired by Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), providing validation and future potential for hydrogen demand. This agreement with FFI, to take effect by 2025, will undoubtedly contribute to Nikola’s success in the coming years.

Over in Coolidge, Arizona, Nikola has completed an expansion of their assembly facility. Now, they can build both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks on their new mixed-model line. They anticipate the assembly line for the fuel cell power module will be completed in the fourth quarter of this year. Plus, a battery pack line is in the works.

The bottom line? Nikola is driving a revolution in the transportation world, and it’s just the beginning. Miss out on this wave, and you might find yourself trailing behind in the dust.

Canada’s First Hydrogen (FHYD) Vehicle Outstrips Expectations

The hydrogen-fueled revolution in vehicle technology is here, and it’s exceeding all expectations. First Hydrogen Corp (FHYD.TSX-V).’s fleet trial with UK utility SSE PLC saw its fuel-cell-powered vehicle hitting a striking 630-kilometer range on a single refuel.

First Hydrogen’s hydrogen fuel cell van prototype
Image: Prototype design of First Hydrogen’s ZEV hydrogen fuel cell delivery van

Drivers sang praises for the quiet, smooth ride that felt similar to diesel in terms of range, minus the damaging emissions. The quick refueling time impressed many, and the vehicle even proved capable of handling longer routes with ease. Its efficient fuel consumption, with an average of 1.58kg H2/100m, and impressive energy management system, which maintained battery charge by regenerative braking, signaled a new dawn in the field.

The trial data shows efficient performance from the fuel cell and suggests that heavier payloads and consistent driving at higher speeds do little to diminish range,” said Steve Gill, CEO of First Hydrogen Automotive. 

Meanwhile, Simon Gray, Head of Fleet Services at SSE PLC, hailed the trial as a game-changer, offering real-world insights that could shape the future of their fleet.

First Hydrogen’s collaboration with SSE is a step towards the latter’s commitment to transition over 3,000 fleet vehicles to electric by 2023. The trial results put them on a promising trajectory.

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