Nikola Motor CEO on How His Autonomous Semi-trucks are Different than Ones from Tesla

Article via Phoenix Business Journal

Salt Lake City-based Nikola Motor Co. CEO Trevor Milton, who is moving his company to the Phoenix area, said his hydrogen-electric semi-trucks will have a 1,000-mile range, while pulling 80,000 pounds of load.

One of the biggest differences between Nikola’s autonomous trucks and Tesla’s (Nasdaq: TSLA), other than the power method, is Nikola’s whole truck weighs less than Tesla’s 15,000-pound electric batteries, Milton said.

“That’s why we can go two to three times further than them,” he said. “I want Tesla to win (though) because our valuation goes up.”

Tesla calls its future semi-trucks the “safest, most comfortable truck ever. Four independent motors provide maximum power and acceleration and require the lowest energy cost per mile,” according to Tesla’s website.

Earlier this week, Nikola announced it had chosen Arizona for its new headquarters and hydrogen-electric truck plant.

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