The Nikola Tre electric truck claims over 400km of range

Big truck, big electric performance
by Greg Potts | Dec 7, 2019
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What you’re looking at above is the Nikola Tre, and the first thing to mention is that it is not a purpose-built electric truck. This is Nikola’s first step on the road to that inevitable goal, so the Tre is actually an Iveco S-WAY that has been converted into an electric vehicle.

Said conversion and the subsequent styling changes were actually carried out as a joint operation between Nikola and Italdesign. Yep, the company behind the bonkers €1.5-million Zerouno supercar has helped to build a truck. Each to his own, we say.

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The Tre (poor name, we know) features a 720kWh battery pack that, teamed with an electric motor, can produce 644hp and a mighty 1,798Nm of torque. It’ll also manage a range of 402km, although we haven’t had any word on charging times to see whether proper long-haul trucking would be possible.

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The inside is rather smart, though, isn’t it? There are two large screens—one in place of the dials and one for just about everything else.

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No, really, that central infotainment screen holds the key to the climate control, mirror adjustment, suspension height adjustment, a 360-degree camera system, navigation, the Bluetooth audio system, and a comprehensive list of diagnostics, apparently.

Nikola reckons first deliveries will start in 2021, so let’s start a conversation here and now people—is electric power the future for trucks?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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