Iveco, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial, and Nikola Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with Hamburg Port Authority during the inauguration of their joint venture manufacturing facility in Ulm, Germany.

The agreement states their joint intent to partner in two phases encompassing up to 25 Tre battery-electric vehicles (BEV) for delivery to the port throughout 2022.

The first phase involves testing of the Tre BEVs at the port for transport and logistics operations together with high-performance charging. A more definitive second phase in the project partnership plans to see the full integration of the BEV vehicles in port operations, installation of charging infrastructure and on-site service support including major suppliers. The vehicles provided for these two phases will be the US version of the Tre with special permissions for in-port operation.

CEO Mark Russell said: “Nikola is also working on a similar programme in the United States. These types of landmark agreements continue to reinforce the global shift we are seeing toward a new zero-emission future.”

Designed to be a high-performance, zero-emission long-haul truck, the Tre is based on the Iveco S-Way truck platform with an electric axle co-designed and produced by FPT Industrial and will feature Nikola’s advanced electric and fuel cell technology, together with key components provided by Bosch.