IVECO, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) and Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hamburg Port Authority AöR (HPA) during the inauguration of their joint-venture manufacturing facility in Ulm, Germany. The agreement states their joint intent to partner in two phases encompassing up to 25 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles (BEV) for delivery to the Port throughout 2022.
The first phase involves testing of the Nikola Tre BEVs at the port for transport and logistics operations together with high-performance charging solutions. A more definitive second phase in the project partnership plans to see the full integration of the BEV vehicles in port operations, installation of charging infrastructure and on-site service support including major suppliers. The vehicles provided for these two phases will be the US version of the Nikola Tre with special permissions for in-port operation.
“Hamburg is pursuing targets to become more climate friendly within the context of the EU’s long-term strategy to become carbon neutral within 2050. The focus of the port is to become a first mover in applying technical innovations as pilot cases. We see a great fit between our requirements and the trucks that are now being built here in Ulm to achieve our targets,” said Jens Meier, Chief Executive Officer of the Hamburg Port Authority.
“Hamburg is ready to set new standards and become a climate-friendly city. The cooperation with Nikola, a manufacturer of heavy-duty vehicles for zero-emission, battery-electric transport, is an important milestone. We wish to work together and launch an unprecedented pilot project with Nikola and IVECO and partners from the port logistics sector in the Port of Hamburg. For me, this MoU between Nikola and the HPA is a first, but decisive step in making the Port of Hamburg a pilot for innovative and alternative powertrains. From the point of view of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, I am looking forward to a good and fruitful cooperation,” confirms the Senator for Economy and Innovations in Hamburg, Michael Westhagemann.
“Nikola applauds the sustainability goals of the Port of Hamburg and is proud to be working with them on this project,” said Nikola CEO Mark Russell. “Nikola is also working on a similar program in the United States. These types of landmark agreements continue to reinforce the global shift we are seeing toward a new zero-emission future.”
“Germany’s largest seaport by volume is the perfect place for us to demonstrate the performance and competitiveness of the Nikola Tre. We look forward to seeing the first results in phase one and learning how we can best assist Hamburg Port Authority in reaching their energy goals,” said Gerrit Marx, President Commercial & Specialty Vehicles, CNH Industrial.
Designed to be a high-performance, zero-emission long-haul transport solution, the Nikola Tre is driving change for the sector. Based on the IVECO S-WAY truck platform with an electric axle co-designed and produced by FPT Industrial, it will feature Nikola’s advanced electric and fuel cell technology, together with key components provided by Bosch.