Nikola's CEO and software chief provide exclusive walkthrough of improved BEV 2.0

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Updated Jun 13, 2024

At this year's ACT Expo in Las Vegas, Nikola Corporation showcased its Tre BEV 2.0 and Clean Trucking was on hand for an exclusive walkthrough with two of the company's top executives. This is an improved version of Nikola's original BEV cab-over semi and we have all of the details. 

In this video, we speak with Steve Girsky, Nikola's new CEO, about the improvements made to this truck and what future Nikola trucks could look like.

Ryan May, Nikola's head of software & controls, spoke to us about and demonstrated the BEV 2.0's unique software.

Nikola says the BEV 2.0 has been made "future proof" thanks to now having significant software commonality with both the battery and operating systems found on its hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) counterpart. This will allow customers to get software updates over-the-air.

The company has been on a roll lately following a few years of financial hardship and controversies. Last month, under its HYLA brand, a new hydrogen refueling station was opened near the Port of Long Beach in California. The plan is to open 14 sites by the end of this year, each equipped with HYLA modular fuelers and FirstElement Fuel stations as well as additional partner sites. 

[Related: FirstElement Fuels opens first commercial hydrogen refueling station in the country]

Nikola is continuing efforts to secure a hydrogen supply chain as well as the expansion of the HYLA infrastructure as demand is expected to increase over the coming years. The company established a 10-year agreement with FirstElement Fuel, the largest hydrogen refueling provider in California with an 80% market share, to refuel Nikola Tre hydrogen trucks.

Its first HYLA hydrogen station in Ontario, California - available only to Nikola Tre customers - began operations in April.

Jay Traugott has covered the automotive and transportation sector for over a decade and now serves as Senior Editor for Clean Trucking. He holds a drifting license and has driven on some of the world's best race tracks, including the Nurburgring and Spa. He lives near Boulder, Colorado, and spends his free time snowboarding, climbing, and hiking. He can be reached at [email protected].

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