September 25, 2017 1:15 PM, EDT

Nikola Taps Bosch for eAxle, Other Key Components

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Nikola Motor Co. announced Bosch Group will play a key role in supplying powertrain components for its over-the-road and day cab Class 8 hydrogen-electric trucks, which are scheduled to come to market in 2021.

Stuttgart, Germany-based Bosch will supply Nikola with its eAxle, which has a motor, power electronics and transmission in one compact unit, according to Salt Lake City-based Nikola.

The companies also announced they will jointly develop a custom-designed fuel cell system for the trucks. The overall vehicle controls will be jointly developed based upon Bosch’s vehicle control software and hardware.

Referring to it as the “Nikola Bosch zero local emission powertrain,” the truck maker said in a statement that the system is designed to achieve “segment-leading performance” at a competitive total cost of ownership to traditional powertrains.

“Bosch has empowered us to come to market quickly with automotive-grade hardware and software so our vision can become a reality,” Nikola founder and CEO Trevor Milton said in a statement.

The trucks, first announced in December 2016, are intended to deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, according to Nikola.