Wednesday, 12 August 2020 16:00

Nikola Scores Landmark Order For 2,500 Battery-Electric Garbage Trucks

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

Nikola Corporation announced a "landmark" order for 2,500 battery-electric refuse trucks for Republic Services, one of the largest waste collection companies in the U.S.

The deal is for a minimum of 2,500 vehicles with an option for up to 5,000 total, which is really two orders of magnitude beyond anything we saw in the U.S. so far. According to the press release, it's the largest single order in the waste industry.


The Nikola Refuse (that's the name apparently) trucks will be based on the battery-electric Nikola Tre truck for Europe (entire package including batteries, controls, inverters and e-axle). The brief specs show that it will be able to take up to 1,200 cans per charge.


Nikola Refuse specs:


  • Up to 150 miles (240 km) of range
  • Up to 720 kWh battery
  • Up to 1,000 HP of power
  • Up to 1,200 cans/charge


Nikola boss Trevor Milton said sharing the Tre platform will allow Niokola to "drive the cost down for both programs by using the same parts."


With 1,000 HP, the Nikola Refuse is expected to outperform the conventional diesel and natural gas counterparts, as it will be able to go up hills with full loads "without issue."


The plan is to "likely" start on-road tests in early 2022 and full production shortly after with deliveries in 2023. Nikola is to produce both the chassis and body---previously Republic Services was usually forced to buy those things separately. For comparison, the production of Nikola Tre trucks will start in 2021.


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