Tom’s Truck Center Adds Battery-Electric Semi-Trucks  - Diversified Communications

Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables  -  May 2, 2023

Tom’s Truck Center Adds Battery-Electric Semi-Trucks 

Tom’s Truck Center, a California-based commercial truck sales and service company, added the Class 8 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) to its electric commercial truck lineup.

Nikola’s zero-emissions trucks are available for sale at Tom’s Truck Center’s two dealerships  in Santa Ana, Calif. and Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The Nikola Tre hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is expected to be available by the end of 2023.

The Nikola Tre BEV is expected to travel up to 330 miles on a charge and the Nikola Tre FCEV is expected to travel up to 500 miles on a tank of hydrogen.

Nikola’s integrated energy and zero-emissions truck portfolio will help decarbonize the heavy-duty transport sector and has previously announced four stations located in the cities of Ontario, Colton, West Sacramento, and a parcel servicing the Port of Long Beach.

Tom’s Truck Center also sells the GreenPower EV cargo vans, Ford EV Transit cargo vans, and REE EV Platforms. In 2024, the company will add Hino EV and Isuzu EV trucks. Tom’s Truck Center also has “fast chargers” available at the two Tom’s Truck Center dealerships.

“We are dedicated to supporting the transition to zero-emission vehicles in the commercial truck space and adding Nikola Tre BEVs, and soon Nikola Tre FCEVs, is the perfect addition,” said Tom’s Truck Center President and CEO KC Heidler in a statement. “Converting vehicles of this size to electric will be a game changer in reducing overall emissions. We have already seen robust sales of the new Nikola trucks; we completed our first 14 BEV sales last month, which are expected to take delivery in May, and are on track for even more in the coming months.”

The California Air Resources Board is providing cost-saving incentives available to accelerate the transition to zero-emission technologies. For example, California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) provides point-of-sale vouchers to make vehicles more affordable. A BEV voucher valued between $120,000 and $186,000 allows a customer to pay approximately the same price as a diesel truck with the benefits of an electric vehicle.



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