Nikola, as in fraudulent Nikola Badger Nikola. But don't worry, this time the product is actually real.
Nissan is taking the next step in its electrification plans, but instead of launching new EVs in addition to the Nissan Ariya crossover, the Japanese automaker is instead focusing on reducing carbon emissions of your new SUV or pickup on its way to the dealership by delivering new cars by electric truck.
To this end, Nissan is partnering with Nikola and Kenworth via Avant-Garde Auto Logistics LLC, who will each provide electric trucks to pull traditional car haulers to dealerships.
To start, the automaker will utilize two heavy-duty Class 8 electric trucks to commence deliveries between the Port of Los Angeles and dealerships around LA. Aiding this, a new charging solution will be installed for these trucks by Nissan's logistics partner, Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
The first dealership to receive cars by BEV will be Downey Nissan in California, and included in the shipment will be the Ariya EV in FWD form, as AWD models will only arrive in the spring.
Nissan aims to use this initial pilot phase as a proof of concept to develop a more expansive network of electric delivery solutions. As many as four trucks will be used in the early phases, with additional haulers added in the LA area. After that, and pending its success, Nissan may expand the project elsewhere in its logistics network.
The move is a smart one; after all, your EV may be clean if you charge it using solar, but is it really environmentally friendly if it's still being delivered on the back of a big diesel-burning truck? Not quite.
As Nissan moves towards carbon neutrality by 2050 across all of its operations, it is targeting 40% electric sales in the US by 2030. By ensuring reduced emissions at every step of the car-buying process, Nissan is playing its part in cleaning the earth's atmosphere.
Nissan is not the first automaker to partner with Nikola. Nikola, if you remember, started out with great promise, and the Nikola Badger hydrogen-electric pickup attracted so much attention that General Motors leaped at the opportunity to collaborate. But then it came out that CEO Trevor Milton had misled investors and that the Badger Truck was nothing more than a fraudulent display car with no substance to its claims. GM withdrew, and Milton has been embroiled in legal battles ever since.
However, while Nikola has completely pulled the plug on the Badger, it is still focused on building commercial electric trucks. Last year, the company revealed its first production-bound truck - the Nikola Tre. It's a BEV truck with a 753 kWh battery, 645 horsepower, a 75-mph top speed, 350 miles of range, and a GCWR of 82,012 pounds. It uses an Iveco chassis behind the Nikola badge.
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