http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/01/20180131-nikola.htmlNikola Motor to manufacture hydrogen-electric semi in Arizona
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Nikola Motor Company announced the company has selected Buckeye, Arizona for its Nikola Motor Company hydrogen-electric range-extended semi-truck (earlier post) manufacturing headquarters facility. The new 500-acre, one million square foot facility will be located on the west side of Phoenix and will bring more than $1 billion in capital investment to the region by 2024. . . .
The company has more than 8,000 of its hydrogen fuel cell range-extended electric trucks on preorder.
Development of the . . . manufacturing plant . . . is projected to begin by the end of 2019. The site is at one of the entrances to Douglas Ranch/Trillium, a new master planned community being developed. . . this community is projected to ultimately be home to more than 300,000 residents.
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/01/20180131-renault.htmlRenault Trucks will launch a range of electric trucks in 2019
. . . These all-electric trucks are designed for use in urban and peri-urban areas and will be produced at the Renault Trucks plant at Blainville-sur-Orne in Normandy, France. . . .
Real-world tests on various types of experimental full-electric 12-16 tonne trucks—Speed Distribution for Guerlain, Stef for Carrefour, Nestlé and the Delanchy Group—have provided Renault Trucks with information on conditions of use, battery behavior, recharging facilities and specific maintenance requirements for electric trucks.
In addition to these experimental vehicles, a 4.5-tonne electric truck has been on the market since 2010, the Electric Maxity.
Our commercial experience with the Electric Maxity has enabled us to bring our network up to speed on selling, servicing and repairing electric vehicles. Today’s electric vehicles are a competitive solution, which was not the case in 2010.
—François Savoye, in charge of Renault Trucks’ energy efficiency strategy . . . .
GRA wrote:GetOffYourGas, below are all the posts I've made in this topic in chronological order providing article links re Nikola, which should answer some of your questions (and are as much detail as we have)
This press release discusses some of the details:GetOffYourGas wrote:I'm not familiar with Nikola's deal. Do they specify where the H2 comes from? Must it come from hydrolysis or can it come from steam-reformed CH4? And how much does it cost to make a kg of H2 from CH4?
In other words, initially, each station can service a maximum fleet of 20 Nikola trucks for a total maximum fleet size of 320 trucks. They claim they can quadruple the production, which would expand the fleet size to be as large as 1280 trucks.Nikola Press Release wrote:Each station is anticipated to have the following specifications:
- Nel ASA to provide engineering, electrolysis, and fueling equipment. Nikola will provide the balance of plant, construction, dispensers and other station equipment.
- Hydrogen stations will initially produce up to eight tons daily, but can also be expanded up to 32 tons per day
- Each Nikola truck is anticipated to consume around 50-75 kgs per day
- Each Nikola truck will store between two and three megawatt hours (MWh) of energy
- Each station will have around 4,000 kgs of backup storage for redundancy
- Each station is anticipated to produce hydrogen at 700 bar (10,000 psi) and 350 bar (5,000 psi)
- Nikola will allow all hydrogen vehicles to fill at their stations
Nikola’s objective is to produce hydrogen through zero emission methods whenever possible by using wind,
solar and hydro-electricity.
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/02/20180203-sunline.htmlSunLine Transit puts new long-range fuel-cell range extended electric bus into service
With funding from the private sector, the Federal Transit Administration, and the California Energy Commission, SunLine Transit unveiled an electric bus with a fuel cell range extender to support a 250-300-mile daily route. SunLine Transit agency has been a leading innovator in the national transit industry. This bus represents the 8th generation bus utilizing fuel cell technology placed in revenue service in the Coachella Valley.
After testing several different fuel cell technologies over the years, we believe we may have identified the configuration that will allow the transit and heavy-truck industry to successfully deploy fuel cell technology over the next decade.
—Lauren Skiver, General Manager of SunLine Transit Agency. . . .
The bus, which meets the federal government’s strict “Buy America” requirements, will be produced by ElDorado National, which is based in Riverside, California. The 80-kW fuel cell was built by US Hybrid which is based in Torrance, California. BAE Systems is the over-all system integrator and provider of the powertrain and electronics. . . .
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/02 ... llium.htmlTrillium CNG expands offerings to include hydrogen fueling
Trillium CNG, a leading US provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fueling facilities . . . will design, build and maintain hydrogen fueling stations. Trillium’s new services also include electric vehicle charging infrastructure, solar panel installation, and microgrid design and construction.
The company will begin construction on its first hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric buses this summer for the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) Santa Ana, California, facility. . . .
The station will fuel transit buses with approximately 35 kilograms of hydrogen per bus in 6 to 10 minutes simultaneously from two fueling lanes.
OCTA’s hydrogen bus fleet will comprise 10 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, but the station is built for future growth and will provide the same fueling performance for a fleet of 50 buses. Infrastructure will be added to OCTA’s existing CNG fueling lanes. The current station was designed and built by Trillium in 2007 and continues to be maintained by Trillium.
The project is the result of several groups working together. Air Products & Chemicals, Inc . . . will supply and deliver liquid hydrogen on a weekly basis to the facility. The fuel will then be pumped and vaporized into high pressure gas before being dispensed onto buses. . . .
Trillium plans to introduce electric vehicle charging stations for its customers and at select Love’s Travel Stops locations later this year. Solar panel installation and microgrid design and construction will also be introduced later this year.