U.S. electric truck manufacturer Nikola has got a jump on rivals Tesla and put its battery-electric truck into production.
The Arizona-based operation has announced serial production of the Tre semi-trailer truck commenced late last month.
First customer deliveries are expected in the coming weeks.
“In 2022, we’re moving forward with every aspect of our business. Next year, fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are planned to be added to the manufacturing mix.” – Mark Russell, Nikola CEO.
“We are focused on delivering vehicles and generating revenue.”
The Nikola Tre BEV has a driving range of up to 560-kilometres with the prime-mover boasting a hefty 645hp and a top speed of 120km/h.
Power comes from a 753kWh battery pack that can be recharged in just two hours.
Forbes reports the all-electric Nikola truck is being produced, in these early stages, at the rate of one vehicle per day.
A new 160,000-square-foot expansion of the Nikola plant will help boost Tre BEV output in the future to five per day.
There’s no word at this stage around any potential Australian availability of the Nikola Tre.