Nikola BEV approved zero-emissions by CARB

By Mike Brezonick14 January 2022

Nikola Corp., a supplier of zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure solutions, announced that its Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle has been deemed eligible for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Nikola Tre Nikola Corp.’s Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle has been deemed eligible for CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program.

With this approval, purchasers of the Nikola Tre BEV can now qualify for an incentive valued at $120,000 per truck, helping to reduce the total cost of ownership for any purchaser operating in the state of California.

Launched by CARB in 2009, HVIP is the earliest program in the U.S. to demonstrate the function, flexibility, and effectiveness of a limited pool of first-come first-served incentives that reduce the incremental cost of clean commercial vehicles. HVIP is administered by CALSTART, a national clean transportation nonprofit consortium, on behalf of CARB.

With a range of up to 350 miles, the Tre BEV is expected to have the longest range among the current HVIP eligible Class 8 tractors, Nikola said. The Tre’s cabover design is seen by the company as suitable for metro-regional applications because it has improved visibility and maneuverability, along with a smooth and quiet ride and no emissions.

“We applaud CARB’s commitment to a greener future through the HVIP program,” said Michael Erickson, Nikola’s global head, Battery-Electric Vehicles. “Our HVIP approval is anticipated to help dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lowers the total cost of ownership for Nikola’s California-based customers.”

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