NIkola, ATMA complete historic round trip in Alberta between Edmonton and Calgary

Media Release: Hydrogen-Powered Nikola Class 8 Truck Achieves Ground-breaking Milestone with Historic Canadian Road Trip, Driving Net-Zero Transportation Forward

Published On
February 14, 2024

Zero-Emissions Round Trip from Edmonton to Calgary in Nikola Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Truck

February 14, 2024 (Edmonton Metropolitan Region) – In a historic feat for sustainable transportation in Alberta, the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) proudly announces the successful completion of its first-ever long-range journey in Canada with one of its two Class 8 Nikola hydrogen fuel cell electric commercial trucks it purchased. The ground-breaking Nikola truck, which is 100% fueled by hydrogen, and emits only water vapour, covered the approximately 500-kilometer round trip along the province’s busiest transportation corridor without the need to refuel and with plenty of hydrogen left in its tanks. This marks a significant stride in the development and implementation of clean energy solutions in the transportation sector.

Departing on a round trip from Edmonton to Calgary, the hydrogen fuel cell electric truck demonstrated its capability to cover extended distances without compromising performance. Other zero-emission vehicles that have been tested in Alberta have shown themselves to be better suited for shorter haul operations. This achievement sets a new benchmark for the viability and potential of hydrogen as a clean energy source for long-haul, heavy-duty commercial transportation.

“On January 24th, 2024, we completed a Canadian first by taking AMTA’s Nikola Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) through Alberta’s busiest corridor using only 61% of the tank of hydrogen. This historic roundtrip between Edmonton and Calgary was a tremendous success and proved these zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) are more than capable for long-haul operations in our province, compared to other ZEV capacities tested in Alberta which are better suited for return-to-base short-haul operations. For this initial test, the truck was hauling an empty trailer weighing 14,000lbs. As this vehicle supports 82,000lbs the next step will be to determine the hydrogen consumption with a stocked trailer.” – Robert Harper, Acting President, AMTA

“We are thrilled to work with partners such as Nikola and Bison Transport on these exciting projects, and we want to thank PrairiesCan for the support in making these projects possible. Watching the vehicle drive back into Edmonton after a completed journey was incredible to witness. This event is an enormous win for our province in the zero-emissions sector, and there is so much more to come.” – Terri Johnson, Manager of Industry Advancement, AMTA

“Completing the round trip from Edmonton to Calgary marks a significant milestone for our Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck. Canada is taking a progressive approach to hydrogen which has paved the way for this ground-breaking journey. The success of this long-range journey showcases the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy solution for heavy-duty commercial transportation, and we are thrilled about the possibilities it holds for advancing the adoption throughout the transportation industry.” – Jorg Wimbert, Nikola Regional Head, Canada

“To meet net-zero targets we need 30,000 hydrogen-fueled vehicles on the road by 2035 – the 5,000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge will collectively de-risk and kickstart this transition. This historic trip is a big step forward for the Challenge. Alberta will be a leader in Canada by accelerating the development of the full hydrogen value chain starting in the Edmonton region – we’ll demonstrate it here first, then expand across the country.” – Malcolm Bruce, CEO, Edmonton Global

About Alberta Motor Transport Association

The Alberta Motor Transport Association is a not-for-profit, advocacy and safety training association that functions as The Voice, The Standard and The Resource for commercial transportation in Alberta. For more than 86 years, our work has encompassed a broad range of environmental, social, economic, safety and compliance matters that impact provincial highways. Safety, research, and innovation are at the heart of our projects, enabling AMTA to bring key stakeholders together to lead research and develop new technologies that will significantly enhance the industry while reducing human and environmental impacts.

About Nikola

Nikola Corporation’s mission is clear: pioneering solutions for a zero-emissions world. As an integrated truck and energy company, Nikola is transforming commercial transportation, with our Class 8 vehicles, including battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks, and our energy brand, HYLA, driving the advancement of the complete hydrogen refueling ecosystem, covering supply, distribution and dispensing.

Nikola headquarters is based in Phoenix, Arizona with a manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona.

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About the 5,000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge


We’re designing Canada’s roadmap to a net-zero future — starting in the Edmonton region. The ultimate goal of the 5,000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge is to get 5,000 hydrogen or dual-fuel hydrogen vehicles on Western Canada’s roads within five years. This initiative, led by the Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB, is bringing together industry leaders and champions from across the entire hydrogen value chain to decarbonize the commercial transportation sector with hydrogen technology. And when we prove it works here, the same model can be used nationwide.



This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws with respect to Nikola Corporation (the “Company”), including statements relating to the ground breaking and historical nature of the completed trip; the belief that this is the first-ever long range journey of this kind in Canada;  how the trip will affect the development and implementation of clean energy solutions in the transportation sector in Canada; the performance of the Nikola truck that made the trip; the Company’s belief about how success of this long-range journey showcases the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy solution for heavy-duty commercial transportation; and the Company’s beliefs regarding its competitive position and the benefits thereof. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections, and other statements about future events based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release, including but not limited to: the ability of the Company to access sufficient capital to meet its requirements and fund its business; manufacturing delays and difficulties; risks related to the rollout of the Company’s hydrogen fueling infrastructure and the timing thereof; construction risks and delays; the availability of access to hydrogen refueling facilities; the level of and cancellation of customer orders; risks associated with manufacturing batteries and fuel cell power modules; variations in and characteristics of the hydrogen fueling location, including but not limited to fueling hardware and software protocol, fuel amount, and fueling conditions, any of which may affect refueling times; variations in terrain, temperature, speed, road conditions, truck configuration, payloads and other variables which may affect range; the Company’s ability to remain listed on Nasdaq; and the factors, risks and uncertainties  described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 filed with the SEC, in addition to the Company’s subsequent filings with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and, except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


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