nicola tre electric truck

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.

Nikola workers put together the first Tre BEVs. Source: Forbes

There’s no word at this stage around any potential Australian availability of the Nikola Tre.