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Today U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. announced that it has committed to adding the zero emission Nikola One to its fleet when production begins in 2020.
U.S. Xpress says that the decision to partner with Nikola is proof of the company’s commitment to embracing green technology and to staying at the forefront of trucking technology. “The Nikola One is another example of how U.S. Xpress continues to work closely with its manufacturers to identify opportunities where cutting-edge technologies and the latest advancements in clean fuels can be used to conserve more energy, lower gas emissions and reduce the overall carbon footprint of our fleet,” said CEO Max Fuller.
Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company, promises that drivers will love the new trucks: “U.S. Xpress drivers are going to have one of the most environmentally sound trucks on the road that they are going to love to drive. Each state-of-the-art cab comes complete with full-sized beds, large closet, full size refrigerator and freezer, microwave, television, Internet and electronic climate control.”
From the U.S. Xpress news release: “The Nikola One utilizes a fully electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries. The electric semi-truck can generate additional energy on-the-go by its hydrogen fuel cell, which will give the Nikola One a total range of between 800 and 1,200 miles with the battery fully charged and the hydrogen storage tank filled. In addition, the peak output from the electric drive system will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to accelerate the Nikola One from 0-60 mph in 30 seconds or about twice as quick as a conventional diesel semi-truck found on the road today.”