Hydrogen fuel cell electric truck startup Nikola Corp. is touting a high-storage battery that could increase the current range of electric passenger cars from 300 to 600 miles with no increase in battery size.
”This is the biggest advancement we have seen in the battery world,” said Trevor Milton, Nikola Motor Co. CEO. ”We are not talking about small improvements; we are talking about doubling your cellphone battery capacity. We are talking about doubling the range of BEVs and hydrogen-electric vehicles around the world.”
Among the benefits, Nikola’s battery-electric trucks could drive 800 miles fully loaded between charges and weigh 5,000 pounds less than competitors’ if the same battery size was kept. Its hydrogen-electric fuel cell trucks could surpass 1,000 miles between stops and top off in 15 minutes.
Nikola said because of the potential societal impact and reduced emissions, it will share the intellectual property (IP) with other manufacturers and competitors that contribute to Nikola’s IP license an