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Nikola announces production and shipping of Tre Semi has begun

Nikola Corporation announced that it has officially begun producing and shipping its commercial series semi-trailer, the Tre, at its manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona.

The announcement comes just a month after Nikola announced that production of the Tre has officially begun but in limited numbers. At the end of March, Nikola said that the production lines had just started on Monday, March 21. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in the second quarter, and it looks like Nikola will stay on top of that timeline, according to several remarks made by company executives.

“We started production of the Tre BEV on March 21st here in Coolidge and today we celebrate this milestone and the first truck shipments to our customers,” said company CEO Mark Russell. “In 2022, we are moving forward with all aspects of our business. Next year, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are expected to be added to the manufacturing mix. We focus on vehicle delivery and revenue generation.

The Tre is one of the first all-electric semis to hit the market, beating out the Tesla Semi, which has been in development for several years. The Semi was to make its way to PepsiCo. last year, but deliveries have been delayed to early 2022. The vehicle has still not been delivered to either company, and it may be delayed until early 2023, as the CEO Elon Musk said earlier this year the company would not introduce any new vehicles in 2022.

Intended for shorter logistics routes, the Tre only has a range of around 350 miles. Nikola plans to deliver between 300 and 500 units of the Tre this year, with an expected ramp-up of production from the Coolidge plant in 2023 that will increase annual output.

Nikola’s Phase 1 manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona provides the automaker with up to 2,500 units of production capacity each year. Phase 2 of the facility is under construction and is expected to be completed next year with a production capacity of 20,000 trucks per year over two shifts, the company said.

“Nikola has become a driving force in from arizona growing electric vehicle industry,” Governor Doug Ducey said. “To see this innovative company grow and take root in Arizona has been really amazing, and I know it’s just getting started. With the start of production at this manufacturing facility, Nikola is clearly in control of the future of transportation and commerce. Thanks to the whole Nikola team, Sandra Watson and the Arizona Commerce Authority, our partners in the legislature, and local leaders for supporting this phenomenal project.

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Nikola announces production and shipping of Tre Semi has begun