Nikola Names Bruce Kurtt SVP of Sales and Commercial Operations

Nikola headquarters and new Senior Vice President Bruce Kurtt
Nikola headquarters in Phoenix. (Ash Ponders/Bloomberg News)

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Zero-emission truck maker Nikola Corp. announced Bruce Kurtt has joined its executive team as senior vice president of sales and commercial operations.

He succeeds Pablo Koziner, who elected to leave the company in December, Phoenix-based Nikola reported.

For more than 30 years, Kurtt has held executive leadership roles in the heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicle industry, according to Nikola. They include senior level commercial positions on the manufacturing side with Volvo Trucks North America and Navistar, and on the dealer side representing Kenworth Truck Co. and Mack Trucks.

VTNA and Mack are units of Volvo Group, International is a brand of Navistar Inc. and Kenworth is a brand of Paccar Inc.

“Now that our Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles are driving on the road and are deliverable today, with our Nikola Tre hydrogen-fuel cell electric vehicles following in 2023, Bruce’s [decadeslong] career in the trucking industry is exactly what we need to get our trucks into the hands of customers who are committed to a zero-emissions future,” Nikola Corp. CEO Michael Lohscheller said in a release. “As we continue to make progress on the commercial delivery front, we are confident in Bruce’s ability to help us intensify our dedicated sales coverage.”

Kurtt noted he joined Nikola for one important reason. “They are ready now. Nikola can deliver battery-electric vehicles trucks right away and fuel cell-electric vehicles next year. I believe we are ahead of every other truck maker with sustainable products that are critical for our future.”

The Nikola Tre BEV, with a range of up to 330 miles, started serial production in March and is available for immediate delivery. With an anticipated range of up to 500 miles, the Nikola Tre FCEV is expected to be available in 2023, according to the company. — Transport Topics

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