Nikola, the Phoenix-based zero-emission truck manufacturer, has been facing difficulties following a voluntary recall of 209 of its battery-electric trucks. The recall was initiated in August after a fire incident caused by a battery defect. As a precautionary measure, the company also suspended sales of their Tre BEV model.
Steve Girsky, the Chief Executive of Nikola, recently addressed the issue and mentioned that the timeline and cost estimate for the recall are yet to be determined. However, he assured that all trucks returned to the company will undergo necessary repairs. The primary focus of the repairs will be the replacement of coolant lines in each truck, as they play a vital role in maintaining the battery packs’ temperature stability.
Girsky highlighted that in some cases, entire battery pack modules may need to be replaced. However, trucks currently in operation are closely monitored by the company, and no issues have been detected so far.
To ensure the reliability and safety of the repaired vehicles, all units will undergo extensive validation testing. Although this setback could lead to significant costs and potentially impact the company’s delivery guidance for the year, Girsky expressed determination, stating, “We’re in it for the long haul.”
Overall, Nikola is actively addressing the situation to rectify the battery defect and minimize any potential risks associated with their trucks. Continuous monitoring and rigorous testing will play crucial roles in resolving this issue effectively.