November 27, 2017 1:30 PM, EST
Nikola Begins Work on Hydrogen Fueling Stations
The Nikola One The fueling network concides with the debut of Nikola's Class 8 tractor. (Nikola Motor Co.)

Nikola Motor Co. has chosen Nel ASA as the sole equipment supplier to help create a network of hydrogen fueling stations.

According to Nikola, the network will cover more than 2,000 miles and include 16 stations to fuel the company’s hydrogen-electric Class 8 trucks that are scheduled to be road-tested in 2018 and manufactured in 2021.

Salt Lake City-based Nikola has already kicked off two of the 16 stations, according to the company. The eventual network of stations will also be available to fuel all hydrogen vehicles.

“Nikola has issued Nel a purchase order for the first two stations, based on Nel’s alkaline electrolysers and H2Station technology. Our teams have decided to double our initial station number to 16 by reducing the size of the stations and create more hydrogen lanes,” Nikola CEO Trevor Milton said in a statement.

Thousands of Class 8 trucks have been reserved and need to be delivered, said Scott Perry, Nikola’s chief operating officer. “The stations are the first step to completing that process. Nel has delivered more than 3,500 hydrogen solutions in over 80 countries since 1927. We are confident they can deliver.”

Nikola’s objective is to produce hydrogen through zero-emissions methods whenever possible by using wind, solar and hydro-electricity.