Nikola Tre BEV to Operate at LAX

The new Nikola Tre BEV. (LAWA)

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Los Angeles World Airports announced the arrival of its first heavy-duty battery-electric vehicle, marking a significant step in the airport’s transition to a fully electric fleet.

The Class 8 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle will be used to move paving equipment, transport construction materials and pull other heavy equipment at Los Angeles International Airport worksites. LAWA noted it is the first government entity to take delivery of a Nikola Tre BEV. This also is the first zero-emission Class 8 tractor in the City of Los Angeles municipal fleet.

The Nikola Tre BEV has a range of up to 330 miles on a single charge of its 733 kWh battery pack, and will use a new 75kW DC charging station being installed at LAX. The LAWA purchase qualified for a $120,000 rebate via the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

Other fully electric vehicles currently in LAWA’s fleet, or on order for delivery, include 26 Ford F-150 Lightning trucks, 10 Ford Mach E sedans, 32 new Classes 4-8 trucks and up to 27 electric buses, it reported.

“By investing in the vehicles and charging infrastructure needed to support a fully electrified fleet, LAWA remains on the leading edge of sustainability and is laying the groundwork to achieve carbon neutrality from airport operations by 2045,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO at LAWA.— Transport Topics

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