The fuel cell R&D facility will enable Nikola to develop, validate and test its entire fuel cell system, including membrane electrode assemblies, stampings, stacks, and power electronics. The lab will also include climate-controlled chambers and dynamometers to test components independently or as a complete powertrain system.
“It is critical that we move fast and have the best equipment as part of our truck development process,” said Mark Russell, Nikola Motor Company's president. He added that by running its own facility, the company will be able to test and validate its fuel cell components in half the time it would take any competitors.
Nikola CEO Trevor Milton expressed his conviction that the fuel cell will replace the diesel engine in the next 10 years. “It is a race to the finish line now for our team. Other OEMs have expressed interest in using Nikola’s fuel cell drivetrain and hydrogen stations and we plan on making them available to other OEMs who share our vision”, Russell said.