Industrial vehicle manufacturers IVECO and the electric vehicle experts Nikola have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) agreeing their intent to deliver 25 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles (BEV) to the port throughout 2022.
The agreement is set to be delivered in two parts, the first involves testing of the Nikola Tre BEV’s at the port for transport and logistics operations together with high-performance charging solutions.
The second phase will see full integration of the BEV’s in port operations as well as the installation of charging infrastructure and on-site service support.
Utilising IVECO’s-WAY truck platform with an electric axle, co-designed and produced by FPT Industrial, as well as Nikola’s advanced electric fuel cell technology, combing key elements provided by Bosch, these zero-emission trucks are driving change for the sector, according to a statement from Nikola.
“Hamburg is pursuing targets to become more climate friendly within the context of the EU’s long-term strategy to become carbon neutral within 2050,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Hamburg Port Authority, Jens Meier.
“The focus of the port is to become a first mover in the applying technical innovations at pilot cases. We see a great fit between our requirements and the trucks that are ow being built here in Ulm to achieve our targets.”
Nikola CEO, Mark Russel, added “Nikola applauds the sustainability goals of the Port of Hamburg and is proud to be working with them on this project.
“Nikola is also working on a similar program in the United States. These types of landmark agreements continue to reinforce the global shift we are seeing towards a new zero-emission future.”
This is not the only time the Port of Hamburg have tested new technologies, in July 2021 the Port hosted a drone traffic system pilot. The scheme allowed flights in areas with a high volume of drones to be carried out in coordination with manned air traffic.