Nikola Invests $50 Million To Produce Clean Hydrogen For Zero-Emission Nikola Trucks

Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ:NKLA), a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and infrastructure solutions, and Wabash Valley Resources LLC (WVR) announced today that Nikola is investing $50 million in cash and stock in exchange for a 20% equity interest in the clean hydrogen project being developed in West Terre Haute, Ind. 

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and Marijuana and Bitcoin enthusiast mocked Nikola’s idea To Produce Clean Hydrogen Fuel In The Midwest For Thier Eco Trucks

The project plans to use solid waste byproducts such as petroleum coke combined with biomass to produce clean, sustainable hydrogen for transportation fuel and base-load electricity generation while capturing CO2 emissions for permanent underground sequestration. Once completed, the project is expected to be one of the largest carbon capture and clean hydrogen production projects in the United States.

The focus is to produce zero-carbon intensity hydrogen with the potential to develop negative carbon intensity hydrogen in the future.

Working together, Nikola and WVR expect to lead in the transition to clean transportation fuels for trucking operations within the Midwest, one of the most intensive commercial transportation corridors in the United States. 

This investment is anticipated to give Nikola a significant hydrogen hub with the ability to offtake approximately 50 tons a day to supply its future dispensing stations within an approximate 300-mile radius, covering a significant portion of the Midwest.  Exercising its offtake right will likely require significant additional investment by Nikola to build liquefaction, storage, and transportation services.

“We intend this project to produce clean, low cost hydrogen in a critical geography for commercial transportation.” said Pablo Koziner, President, Energy and Commercial, Nikola. “The Wabash solution can generate electricity as well as hydrogen transportation fuel, which should provide the flexibility to support future truck sales and hydrogen station rollout in the region.  The expected efficiency of WVR’s clean hydrogen production should allow Nikola’s bundled truck lease, including fuel, service, and maintenance, to compete favorably with diesel.”

As part of this investment in the hydrogen economy in the Midwest, Nikola intends to build stations across Indiana and the broader Midwest to serve the region.

“WVR is developing a multi-product facility, where the hydrogen can be combusted in a turbine to produce clean baseload power. The recent spate of power outages serves as a reminder that the market has a pressing need for a non-intermittent source of clean energy.  We also look forward to working with Nikola to bring zero-emission transportation solutions to the Midwest,” said Simon Greenshields, Chairman of the Board for Wabash Valley Resources.

The completed facility should have the capability to produce up to 336 tons per day of hydrogen, enough to generate approximately 285 megawatts of clean electricity.  The project is expected to require 125 full-time employees and may support 750 construction jobs.  Groundbreaking is expected in early 2022 and take approximately two years to complete.

The U.S. Department of Energy concludes that by 2050, the U.S. hydrogen economy could lead to an estimated $750 billion per year in revenue and a cumulative 3.4 million jobs.

The first Nikola Tre hydrogen fuel-cell prototype builds have begun in Arizona and Ulm, Germany, with testing and validation of the vehicles planned into 2022, and serial production expected to commence in 2023.


New ‘Fuel Lock’ Device to Combat Fuel Theft

With the increase in fuel prices over the past few years, fuel theft, tampering and sabotage has become a significant concern for people in the trucking industry, it is widely acknowledged the need for something a little better than the standard OEM parts.

Although these are good to a point, they do have some weak features. The locking mechanism is totally subjected to the weather with little or no type of protection for it.

These can be tampered with and are easily broken due to being made from cast aluminium. The company behind Fuel Lock have attempted to address some of these issues.

The Fuel Lock is comprised of high tensile steel, which is laser cut, and robotically welded with a very durable powder coated finish. They have created this to not only give substance to the Fuel Lock, but give it longevity in its lifespan.

The cylinder locks and the way they have been incorporated into the product are designed in such a way to facilitate the removal of the whole locking mechanism in order to allow cleaning, lubrication or replacement of the mechanism.

The cylinder locks are ordered in keyed alike pairs and also allow for multi lock fleets where larger fleet sizes can be accommodated.

All aspects of the Fuel Lock are designed to incorporate 5 most common filler neck diameters. This takes into account small straight trucks, reefer tanks, and basically all brands of the most common filler neck diameters, International, Freightliner, Kenworth, Peterbilt, etc.

The Fuel Lock is manufactured in Canada at one location to ensure the highest quality in the production process. The Fuel Lock is manufactured by TIMBREN Industries, in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, a reputable heavy duty parts manufacturer who have been in business over 40 years.

These products have been tested in all types of weather from northern Canada to the southernmost parts of California. They have been shipped to Australia, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Norway, the Bahamas, Portugal and all over U.S. and Canada.

They have been utilized widely throughout the trucking industry, as well as farming and marine industries. Every precaution has been taken to ensure The Fuel Lock is made from quality, durable and tested material. There are other similar shiny aluminium fuel locking products available on the market, which are good to a point, however if their locking mechanism fails, there is no recourse.

The Fuel Lock is much more durable, solid and reliable and with this product you can be assured of many years of reliable operation. We do realize that some components do wear out in extreme weather conditions, and as a result we do offer replacement parts to ensure continued long use of our product at a very reasonable price.

The Fuel Lock can be purchased at, or at select Traction heavy duty parts across Canada and some independent repair shops in Ontario.

Security Logistics – Todd Moore, ISB. Cargo Theft and What You Didn’t Know

This discussion reveals some of the cargo crime problems in Canada and skyrocketing statistics in comparison to the US, including a look at the root of the problem, the types of groups involved, their trade craft, and what makes them “organized”. This session will also examine the importance of a supply chain security program in combating cargo crime and examine the challenges and benefits of implementing this type of program.

Todd Moore is the Vice President of ISB Global Services Cargo Theft Division. He manages a comprehensive an innovative cargo loss prevention & supply chain security program designed to assist insurance companies, commercial transportation companies and police agencies with cargo crime mitigation solutions. Todd is a retired Police Detective with 31 years policing service. He has extensive investigative experience working in the Intelligence, Organized Crime and Robbery Units. During this time, he coordinated several covert investigations involving confidential human sources, police agents, undercover operators and wiretap investigations. Todd is a designated Certified Security Professional (C.S.P.).

Practical Approaches to Manage Driver Fatigue Risk

Fatigued drivers use more fuel, make more errors, and are more frequently involved in collisions.

Recently experts in the field spoke about the practical approaches to monitor for and manage driver fatigue risk. They also discussed case studies implementing software and other programs to mitigate driver fatigue and the impact of these programs in terms of reductions to safety critical events (e.g., hard braking), collisions, and operating costs.

Matthew van Wollen is a co-founder of Pulsar Informatics. Matthew holds a degree in Engineering Physics and has 20 years experience in transportation safety. He recently served as the lead project coordinator on two congressional mandated DOT studies of truck driver fatigue to aid the hours of service rule making process. He has co-authored several scientific publications in the domain of fatigue risk management and holds two U.S. technology patents for systems related to the monitoring and mitigation of fatigue risk.

Challenges Faced by Freight Companies Shipping the Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine

The vaccine which uses new, mRNA (messenger RNA technology) must be stored and transported at Ultra Low Temperatures (ULT) of between -76F and -122F, known as the ‘cold-chain’, the vaccine’s temperature is closely monitored from when it leaves the production site, during transportation, be that by air, land or sea, until it is received and checked at its final destination.

The messenger RNA (mRNA) which is used in this vaccine is very easily destroyed, and the only way to prevent it from degrading is to store it at these ULTs.

The boxes or specialist cool bags in which the vaccines are transported are all monitored minute-by-minute for changes in temperature. Each box contains a temperature tracker, which is separate to the regular refrigeration unit thermometer and data is send from each box to the person in charge of that box at ever point in transit.

The vaccine must maintain and not deviate from this ultra low temperature range during transportation for more than 20 minutes without risking potentially spoiling or reducing its efficacy.

The British prime minister said his country faced “immense logistical challenges” in distributing the vaccine, and they are far closer to where it is being produced.

These vaccines have to be transported from Pfizer’s manufacturing plant in Belgium to some of the most distant corners of the world, and that is massive logistical challenge at these Ultra Low Temperatures.

Most refrigerated trucks freezer’s only go down to around -20F, when you need to maintain an average temperature of -94F, most of the people used to hauling frozen food won’t be moving this new product.

To overcome this issue special containers are used and packed with dry ice which is the solid form of carbon dioxide which has a surface temperature of -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

Truck carriers are often involved in the first and ‘last-mile’ of delivery in vaccine cold chains.

Moderna’s vaccine, which is also an RNA vaccine, requires below freezing temperatures for storage, but at a far more comfortable -4F, which could possibly be achieved in countries around the world which lack good road and rail infrastructure, which would make it difficult for even the best carriers to deliver the Pfizer vaccine.

Although dry ice isn’t that expensive to buy at around $1.00 to $3.00 per pound, there has been talk of a dry ice shortage, several dry ice producers in the US told CNN they’ve already had offers for their entire output.

One step ahead of the game, UPS have already invested in its own dry ice producing machines at depots and a company called SkyCell has claimed to have developed a special IoT-enabled, temperature-controlled air freight containers that will allow the safe transportation of COVID-19 vaccines around the world, regardless of outside temperatures.

As if the real world obstacles weren’t bad enough, phishing emails were sent out in an attempt to hack organisations linked to the Cold Chain Equipment Optimisation Platform (CCEOP) back in December 2020.

At the time of writing, the specialist task of cold chain transport in America has been left to FedEx Express & UPS in partnership with Operation Warp Speed, who are well versed in this type of operation.

Their teams have years of experience moving pharmaceutical goods which are highly temperature sensitive and often employ a two person team on each truck, a bit like on a commercial airliner, to ensure the load is never left unattended, and a backup driver is always avaiable should there be any issues with the primary driver.

Developing that expertise “took us about 10 years, You can’t haul chicken nuggets and then transport oncology drugs.”

Andrew Boyle, co-president of Boyle Transportation

While countries like America, Canada and most of central Europe have good infrastructure and freight companies who are adept at maintaining the ‘cold chain’ that is required with this vaccine, many others do not, and delivering the vaccine there will be an even bigger challenge for all involved in the process.

Especially in places where not every road has asphalt and not every healthcare centre has refrigeration.

Truck Carriers Events 2021

Truckload Carriers Association Convention

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, USA. March 7-9

Mid-America Trucking Show

Posponed until further noticed due to COVID-19. 25-27 March
More information click here.


Phoenix, JW Marriott Desert Ridge. April 7-10


Truckload 2021: Vegas will be taking place in April 2021. April 17-20
More information here.

Truck Renting and Leasing Association AM
San Antonio, JW Marriott San Antonio. April 11-14

NPTC 2021
NPTC will hold the 2021 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH. June 13-15

Truckload 2020

February 29 to March 3 – 2020 Orlando

Exhibit Information:

100+ Industry Suppliers
22,000+ Sq. Ft. of Exhibit Space

What’s Included:

  • Onsite access to all educational sessions, committee meetings, networking functions and the exhibition hall. Please note: fees do not include events marked (invite only/separate ticket) on the program.
  • No charge access to the Trucking in the Round recordings, handouts and presentations following the convention on Truckload Academy. A $399.00 value if purchased separately.
  • Access to TCA’s special discounted hotel room rate at the Gaylord Palms Resort (reservations must be made separately).

A link to download the 82nd Annual Convention app featuring ways to connect with other attendees, hotel & exhibition hall maps, further information on speakers, hosts and exhibitors along with the attendee list.

The meeting will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Upon registering, you will be e-mailed a link to make your hotel reservation.

Schedule at a Glance
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Exhibit Move-in

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Registration

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Officers Meeting (invite only)

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Kick-Off/Welcome Reception

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. - Past Chairmen’s Dinner (invite only)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. - Registration

7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. - Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Exhibitor Move-in

7:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Committee Meetings

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Lunch

12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. - Trucking in the Rounds #1

2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. - Executive Panel

3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. - Board of Directors’ Meeting

4:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Exhibition & Reception

Monday, March 2, 2020

7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Registration

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. - Breakfast

8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - General Session

10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Exhibition and Lunch

12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Trucking in the Rounds #2

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - Executive Panel

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. - Best Fleets to Drive For Reception

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - Freightliner Reception

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Truckload Strong TopGolf Event (ticketed – additional charge)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Registration

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

8:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. - General Session

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Exhibition and Lunch

1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. - Trucking in the Rounds #3

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. - Executive Panel

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - Closing Reception

6:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m. - Annual Banquet

Truckload 2021: Las Vegas – Save the Date! Truckload 2021: April 17-20