On Thursday night, the Nikola Motor Company unveiled a hydrogen-powered semi-truck it claims can travel 1,200 miles on a single refueling.
“Oh, that thing is so awesome,” said an emotional Trevor Milton, Nikola’s founder and CEO, as he unveiled the truck in Salt Lake City. “We’ve been waiting so long to show this to the world.”
The Nikola One will come with high-tech features like collision avoidance, aided by 12 cameras. The company also says it plans to offer features like an on-board 4K TV, Apple TV integration and Wi-Fi.
Pre-orders are being taken now, with trucks expected to be delivered in 3 to 4 years.
Nikola will also have to build out infrastructure to support the trucks. The goal is to start building its 364 planned refueling stations across the country for 2019.
The company says it will develop 100-megawatt solar farms to create hydrogen from electrolysis. That fuel will be transported to hydrogen stations in Nikola trucks, making the entire process “100 percent emissions free,” according to the company’s website.
The plan is to give customers free hydrogen fuel for the first million miles.