Nikola Corp. selects Hexagon Purus to supply Type IV hydrogen cylinders for serial production
High-performance composite pressure vessels to be tested and validated later in 2021, and certified for distribution in European and North American markets.
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Hexagon Purus GmbH (Kassel, Germany) has signed a long-term agreement with Nikola Corporation (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.), a zero-emissions transportation and infrastructure solutions company, to develop and supply its high-performance Type IV composite hydrogen cylinders. The scope of the agreement is over a multi-year period with an estimated sales value in excess of €200 million (approx. $242 million).
The project’s development phase will commence in Q2 2021. The technology is planned to be certified for distribution in European and North American markets. The long-term agreement also positions Hexagon Purus for potential further projects within a range of truck and other vehicle applications with Nikola.
“We are proud to partner with Nikola and support the delivery of its flagship hydrogen fuel-cell trucking solution. Putting these hydrogen-powered trucks on the road will accelerate the energy transition in heavy-duty transportation,” says Michael Kleschinski, EVP Light Duty, Distribution & Cylinders, Hexagon Purus. “The first Hexagon Purus 700 bar hydrogen cylinders will begin testing and validation later this year in accordance with Nikola’s specifications.”
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