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Nikola Corp. founder and Executive Chairman Trevor Milton believes the hydrogen fuel cell technology that powers his company’s trucks can place Nikola at the forefront of global efforts to toughen clean-air rules while also providing a truck that meets the needs of commercial fleets.
“When I built Nikola, I wanted to build a truck that would actually create a desire for people to move away from diesel with better performance, better efficiency. That’s what’s going to convert people away from diesel to zero-emissions,” he said July 28 during an appearance on Transport Topics’ Newsmakers program.
That said, Milton believes that movement by governments around the world during the next 10 to 15 years to take diesel-powered trucks off the road will also drive the shift toward zero-emission vehicles.
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“Governments are going to ban diesel altogether; it’s coming,” he said. “The world follows each other. Europe has already done it, and the U.S. is in the process of it right now.”
The European Union is mandating a 15% interim cut in CO2 emissions from trucks by 2025 and a 30% cut by 2030. In the U.S., California will require up to 9% of trucks sold in that state by 2024 to be zero-emission. Milton says efforts like these will help propel adoption of zero-emission trucks, but he notes that