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Elon Musk feuds startup Nikola: a hydrogen car can overshadow Tesla technology

Elon Musk feuds startup Nikola

A Trevor Milton's startup is able to overshadow Tesla technology in its ambitious ways. The experts have already said that the founder of a startup offering equipping car engines with hydrogen and electric fuel wants to become the second Elon Mask. An independent assessment of the startup capabilities of Nikola Motors allowed the technology capabilities to fly up to $20 million, that is many times higher than the assessment of the capabilities of such well-known companies as Ford or Fiat-Chrysler.

Nikola proposes to establish revolutionary transportation using hydrogen fuel cells for the vehicles. The developed technology offers the conversion of potential energy from molecular bonds in hydrogen into electrical energy.


But after that theoretical success, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that fuel cells cannot be called sustainable and reliable technology, but rather stunningly dumb. It is worth noting that Elon Musk announced the imminent start of mass production of his own semi-trailers, and the competing company decided, according to Mask, to do the same. In February, Nikola presented its project, a hydrogen-fueled pickup truck with powerful capabilities and the use of lithium-ion batteries.

In an interview with reporters, Nikola CEO Trevor Milton responded to Elon Mask's statements, saying that Musk complimented the startup, and thanks to that, the demand for unique pickups of the new project can grow significantly. He also added that it was nice to know how his company influenced the decisions made by the founder of Tesla.

For Milton, the hydrogen generation plan with a view to using it as an energy storage device for a truck has a specific scenario. He noted how important the weight of the cargo and the vehicle is in long-distance transport.


Using a hydrogen truck, many problems of this kind will be resolved by themselves. But despite his ambitious plans, the startup still had to add the use of lithium-ion batteries. According to the ideas of the authors of the young project, in the nearest future the number of gas stations for trucks of that type may change from 47 to 700. They will supply hydrogen and such stations will be located around the world.

The experts see that as a catch, because there are other functional pieces of equipment that will be needed to use that type of fuel. In addition, the demand for electric cars is not so high, and you should not expect that it will be high for trucks, albeit on unusual fuels.