In addition to revealing the Nikola One, the company also announced plans for the Nikola Two, a day-cab alternative to its bigger, sleeper-cab sister. Using a similar propulsion system, the Nikola Two will be ideal for local and regional deliveries, and it opens the door for vocational trucks in the future. The company is now taking reservations on Nikolas One and Two for $1,500, and to date, Nikola has raised nearly $3 billion in preorders.
The company also announced a new logistics program called Nikola Shipments. Milton explained the system as a sort of long-haul cargo Uber, with potential customers registering their shipments and Nikola drivers accepting cargo as desired. Nikola says drivers can set their starting point and destination, and Nikola Shipments will build a route based on cargo need, weather conditions, and other factors. Shipments will be controlled via a massive 21-inch touchscreen display in the cab.
Perhaps the most significant announcement made last night, aside from the Nikola One itself, was the partnership between Nikola Motor Company and Ryder Systems. The logistics giant will provide maintenance and service to drivers under Nikola’s warranty, which will last the duration of the company’s seven-year leasing program. Speaking of leasing, interested parties can plan to spend between $5,000 and $7,000 monthly on the Nikola One, which will include fuel and servicing.
Appearing in the flesh for the first time in public, the Nikola One was revealed in front of an audience that included Utah Governor Gary Herbert and other local representatives, plus logistics industry big shots, friends of the company, and the press. It was warmly received, with logistics experts expressing interest in the zero-emissions, zero-cost fuel, provided Nikola can build an infrastructure. We’re looking forward to finding out the same, as we’d love to see these futuristic machines on our roads soon. The company has a goal to get its first trucks on the road in 2020.