Nikola bags order to make 2500 electric garbage trucks for Republic Services

Marco Green
August 11, 2020

Republic Services Inc said on Monday it would partner with electric-vehicle maker Nikola Corp to develop 2,500 electric waste and recycling collection trucks.

The deal is expandable to 5,000 vehicles over the life of the agreement, the companies added.

The zero-emission vehicles, which will have a range of 150 miles (241.4 km), are expected to be integrated into Republic Services' fleet beginning in 2023, the USA recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal company said in a statement.

According to a press release, the electric trucks are expected to use Nikola's Tre powertrain system and offer 150 miles on a charge in this implementation. Nikola is tasked with building and assembling the truck chassis and body. Trevor Milton, the head of the company, announced that on Twitter.

Heavy-duty, non-emitting vehicles in class 8 are the primary targets in Nikola. "The Nikola Tre powertrain is ideal for the refuse market as it shares and uses the same batteries, controls, inverters and e-axle". Battery-electric trucks have been all the rage in recent months with the Badger joining - or being joined - by Tesla, GMC, Ford, Chevy, Rivian, Lordstown Motors and even Fisker revealing plans for truck introductions ranging from next spring to 2025.

"This partnership significantly accelerates Republic Services' progress in fleet innovation to drive profitable growth, reduce emissions, enhance customer loyalty and create long-term shareholder value", said Jon Vander Ark, president. Nikola to produce chassis and body (previously Republic Services was usually forced to buy those things separately). For comparison, the production of Nikola Tre trucks will start in 2021.

Nikola's profile has been on the rise in recent months in light of the new product, but not exclusively for those endeavors.

Nikola shares jumped almost 22% in afternoon trading. Its factory in Arizona, now in the construction phase, has the capacity to produce 35,000 units a year on two shifts.

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