Nikola, Bosch Partner on Fuel Cell Manufacturing
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Nikola Corp. announced an agreement to build fuel cell power modules using technology licensed from Bosch Group.
The arrangement will enable Nikola to build the Bosch modules at its facility in Coolidge, Ariz. Nikola will then be able to incorporate them to meet the needs of its vehicles. The company will start manufacturing the modules and its fuel cell-electric trucks in 2023.
“This announcement is the result of a multiyear working relationship with Bosch,” Nikola CEO Mark Russell said in a statement. “After extensive analysis of the best options out there, we are proud to enter into this strategic relationship with Bosch. The result is the best of both worlds in our ‘make versus buy’ analysis.”
Nikola designs and manufacturers heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles, fuel cell-electric vehicles and energy infrastructure. Bosch will provide key components including the fuel cell stack, air compressor with power electronics and control unit with sensors pursuant to the agreements.
“We will be collaborating with Bosch to develop and assemble fuel cell power modules specifically for our applications at the same Coolidge, Ariz., facility where we manufacture our Nikola vehicles, utilizing major components from the Bosch global manufacturing network,” Russell said.
Nikola also plans to expand the Coolidge manufacturing facility by 50,000 square feet and up to 50 additional jobs to accommodate initial module assembly. Nikola also is expanding engineering and testing facilities to support the fuel cell and vehicle validation and testing at its Phoenix headquarters. — Transport Topics
Nikola to assemble fuel-cell power modules in Coolidge for its heavy-duty trucks as part of the strategic agreements with Bosch. https://t.co/OfkyzB7Wan @boschusa — Nikola Motor Company (@nikolamotor) September 2, 2021
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