Covenant Logistics Group is cutting its fleet emissions with hydrogen, having today (Jan 11) inked a new deal for 40 Nikola Tre fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
Formalised with a Letter of Intent (LoI), which also includes the addition of ten battery-electric vehicles, the collaboration between the two firms follows the successful completion of the Nikola Tre BEV and Nikola Tre FCEV demonstration program.
It has already been confirmed that Covenant is expected to start testing the Tre FCEV in 2023.
Delivery of the first Tre BEV truck and mobile charging trailer for testing is expected to happen slightly earlier in the second quarter (Q2) of this year (2022).
Pablo Koziner, President of Nikola’s Energy and Commercial Division, commented, “The Tre BEV and FCEV trucks are both uniquely equipped to offer zero-emissions service to Covenant’s wide range of customer applications.
“While the Tre BEV is ideally suited for short-haul, metro-regional applications, the Nikola Tre FCEV has an anticipated range of up to 500 miles and is expected to be a valuable addition to their highway regional operation. We are excited to partner with a strong national operation like Covenant supported by our dealer network.”
Matt McLelland, Covenant’s Vice-President of Sustainability and Innovation, added, “Nikola’s battery-electric and hydrogen roadmap fits perfectly with Covenant’s approach to sustainability as we increasingly work with customers to minimise their scope three emissions and meet their ESG initiatives.
“Adoption of BEV and FCEV technologies are an important part of Covenant’s long-term commitment to the decarbonisation of freight and we are excited about this opportunity to partner with Nikola to meet these goals.”