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August 23, 2021 2:45 PM, EDT

Nikola Awarded DOE Grant to Research Hydrogen Refueling

Nikola Corp. headquartersNikola headquarters in Arizona. (Ash Ponders/Bloomberg News)

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Nikola Corp. announced the U.S. Department of Energy awarded it a grant of $2 million to advance research into autonomous refueling technologies for future hydrogen fueling stations.

The project is expected to address this goal by working to develop an autonomous fueling system that can rapidly refuel heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks, while minimizing labor and challenges relating to ergonomics and maintenance of equipment compared with an equivalent manual fueling process. The Phoenix-based company is developing heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles, fuel cell-electric vehicles and energy infrastructure solutions.

“The work we are doing with the Department of Energy and our partners on fueling technology is part of Nikola’s holistic approach to the hydrogen ecosystem,” Pablo Koziner, Nikola’s president of energy and commercial, said in a release.

The grant is funded by DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Transportation Office. — Transport Topics

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