Covenant Signs Letter of Intent for 50 Nikola Vehicles

The Nikola Tre BEV with a Covenant logo. (Nikola Corp.)

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Covenant Logistics Group is planning to add 50 zero-emission vehicles from Nikola Corp. to its fleet, the logistics company announced Jan. 11.

Nikola is a global provider of zero-emission transportation and energy infrastructure solutions. Covenant is partnering with the company to further its sustainability objectives by adding the zero-emission vehicles.

“Nikola’s battery-electric and hydrogen roadmap fits perfectly with Covenant’s approach to sustainability as we increasingly work with customers to minimize their scope three emissions and meet their ESG (environmental, social and governance) initiatives,” Matt McLelland, vice president of sustainability and innovation at Covenant, said.


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The Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles will be used as part of the partnership. Covenant sees the technologies behind the truck models as an important part of its long-term commitment to the decarbonization of freight.

“The Tre BEV and FCEV trucks are both uniquely equipped to offer zero-emissions service to Covenant’s wide range of customer applications,” Pablo Koziner, president of the energy and commercial division at Nikola, said. “While the Tre BEV is ideally suited for shorthaul, metro-regional applications, the Nikola Tre FCEV has an anticipated range of up to 500 miles and is expected to be a valuable addition to their highway regional operation.”

The collaboration includes a letter of intent for 10 Nikola Tre BEVs and 40 Nikola FCEVs, following the satisfactory completion of a demonstration program. Delivery to Covenant of the first Tre BEV truck and mobile charging trailer for testing is anticipated to occur in Q2 2022, with the Tre FCEV testing expected to follow in 2023.

Covenant Logistics Group ranks No. 46 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. — Transport Topics

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