Iveco and Nikola have signed an MOU with Hamburg Port Authority AöR (HPA), during the inauguration of their joint-venture manufacturing facility in Ulm, Germany.

The agreement outlines their joint intent to partner in two phases, encompassing up to 25 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles (BEV) for delivery to the Port during 2022.

The first phase involves testing of the Nikola Tre BEVs at the port for transport and logistics operations, together with charging solutions. A more definitive second phase in the project plans to see full integration of 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 Nikola Tre with special permission for in-port operation.

“Hamburg is pursuing targets to become more climate friendly within the context of the EU’s long-term strategy to become carbon neutral within 2050,” said Hamburg Port Authority CEO, Jens Meier.

“The focus of the port is to become a first mover in applying technical innovations as pilot cases. We see a great fit between our requirements and the trucks now being built here in Ulm to achieve our targets.”

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

“Nikola applauds the sustainability goals of the Port of Hamburg,” added Nikola CEO Mark Russell.

“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.”