PICTURE OF THE WEEK – Immediate order response to Nikola’s new Refuse Truck


The Nikola Corporation, the relatively new zero-emission and infrastructure solutions start-up serving the commercial vehicle industry continues to research and develop vehicles from heavy-duty trucks to Pick-up trucks, powered by either hydrogen fuel cell or battery electric has created another new model catering for the waste management industry.

The new Nikola Tre refuse truck are designed to carry up to an industry-leading 720kWh of energy storage. The powertrain software will be limited to 1,000hp and is expected to outperform current diesel and natural gas competitors. The new platform can give refuse trucks nearly three-times the horsepower of natural gas and diesel options, giving operators the ability to go up hills with full loads without issue.

This week Nikola Corp. announced a minimum order of 2,500 electrified refuse trucks from Republic Services, extending up to 5,000. Republic Services is the second largest recycling and solid waste provider in the U.S. and is recognized as an industry leader in providing environmentally responsible, sustainable solutions to its customers. This order is to begin full production deliveries in 2023 with on-road testing likely to begin in early 2022.

“Nikola specializes in heavy-duty, zero-emission Class 8 trucks. The refuse market is one of the most stable markets in the industry and provides long-term shareholder value,” said Nikola Founder and Executive Chairman Trevor Milton. “The Nikola Tre powertrain is ideal for the refuse market as it shares and uses the same batteries, controls, inverters and e-axle. By sharing the Tre platform, we can drive the cost down for both programs by using the same parts. You couldn’t pick a better partner than Republic Services, a leader in long-term environmental sustainability and customer service. Republic Services will help us ensure the Nikola Tre meets customer and fleet lifecycle demands and we are excited to have them participate in the design process.”

“This is a game changer,” said Nikola CEO Mark Russell. “Refuse truck customers have always ordered chassis from truck OEMs and bodies from other suppliers. Nikola has fully integrated the chassis and body, covering both with a single factory warranty. Trucks will include both automated side loaders and front-end loaders — all of which will be zero-emission.”