Nikola Corporation, a global pioneer in zero-emissions transport and energy solutions, and BayoTech Inc., a groundbreaking innovator in hydrogen production, storage, and transport, have announced a strategic partnership to enhance the reliability of the hydrogen supply chain for zero-emission commercial fuel cell electric vehicle fleets.
Why It Matters
This strategic alliance aligns with the mutual objective of both companies to establish an efficient hydrogen supply chain throughout the United States. Michael Lohscheller, President and CEO of Nikola Corporation, emphasized that BayoTech’s low-carbon hydrogen fuel and transport equipment will be instrumental in facilitating the adoption of Nikola’s Class 8 fuel cell electric zero-emission trucks.
Under the terms of the agreement, Nikola is slated to become BayoTech’s primary hydrogen offtake customer, beginning in Missouri later this year and extending to California in 2024. Nikola will also acquire up to 10 BayoTech HyFill™ transport trailers, which will enable the transfer of high-pressure gaseous hydrogen from production locations to refueling stations serving fuel cell electric vehicle fleets.
In return, BayoTech is committed to purchasing up to 50 Nikola Class 8 fuel cell electric vehicles over the next five years, with initial deliveries scheduled for 2023 and 2024. The Nikola vehicles will be paired with BayoTech’s HyFill™ bulk hydrogen transport trailers, providing an efficient, zero-emission method for delivering low-carbon hydrogen to offtake customers from BayoTech’s production hubs.
The collaboration between Nikola and BayoTech is set to significantly stimulate the hydrogen supply chain’s growth. According to Mo Vargas, President and CEO of BayoTech, aligning with progressive companies like Nikola empowers them to expedite the implementation of their hydrogen hub network. Moreover, Nikola’s fuel cell electric vehicle, with its impressive 500-mile range, makes it one of the most efficient zero-tailpipe-emission Class 8 trucks on the market, ideal for various uses, including drayage, intermodal, truckload, and specialized hauling. The partnership promises to further solidify the adoption of hydrogen as a primary fuel in zero-emission transport, with implications for industry, customers, and the environment.