Nikola is open to cooperation with Hyundai on hydrogen

by SpeedLux
Nikola Motor Company

U.S. electric truck maker Nikola said it was open to working with Japanese automaker Hyundai Motor on hydrogen technology after a media report that it had reached out to the South Korean automaker.

In an interview with newspaper Chosun Ilbo published on Sunday, Trevor Milton, founder of Nikola Corp, stated he would like to collaborate with Hyundai. He said he had twice made proposals to the automaker which were rejected.

Hyundai, together with Toyota Motor, is one of the few automakers championing hydrogen technology.

“Trevor has immense respect for Hyundai and sees Hyundai amongst the leaders in hydrogen around the world,” said Nikola spokeswoman Nicole Rose said in an emailed statement according to Reuters.

“Trevor has, and will continue to be, open to collaborating if they ever choose to do so,” Rose added.

A person knowledgeable with Hyundai said that there were no cooperation talks as of now. “If Nikola makes an official offer, Hyundai can consider the proposal,” the person told.

He said Hyundai aims to sell its hydrogen systems to other companies but, at the same time, Nikola could become a potential rival to Hyundai’s commercial truck business.

“It would be a complicated relationship,” he said, refusing to be identified because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

Hyundai refused to comment.

In July, Hyundai Motor delivered the first 10 of its Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland, and intends to present 1,600 units by 2025.

Nikola has said it prepares to start producing its battery-electric trucks in 2021, followed by fuel cell electric trucks in 2023.

Hyundai has been collaborating with Audi on hydrogen vehicle technology.

You may also like

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


SpeedLux is a high-authority automotive blog providing the latest automotive news and reviews. SpeedLux covers everything related to cars, bikes, and motorcycles, from news and reviews, to troubleshooting guides, tips and tricks, and more. SpeedLux was born in 2009 and we have over 20,000 articles published on our blog. We thank all our readers, as well as our partners, without whom we could not have reached this level.


©2009 – 2024 SpeedLux – Daily Automotive News and Reviews. All Right Reserved.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More