A Nikola Tre BEV Class 8 electrical truck that had been beforehand broken reignited at Nikola’s headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday.
The electrical truck startup stated in an announcement cited by Reuters that there have been no accidents and that the hearth was contained. “At roughly 2 pm at the moment at Nikola HQ, one of many vans that was beforehand broken reignited. Nobody was injured and the hearth was rapidly contained,” Nikola stated.
The corporate famous that the broken Nikola Tre BEV vans had been saved at its Phoenix website for “security monitoring and the continued investigations.” Nikola didn’t say if the truck that reignited on Sunday was one of many vans broken within the June hearth; it didn’t present any additional particulars both.
On June 26, Nikola reported a fireplace round its headquarters and stated it suspected foul play behind the incident as a car was seen within the space of the affected vans earlier than the hearth began. A number of vans had been affected by the hearth however no accidents had been reported.
Opposite to Nikola’s claims, the Phoenix Hearth Division didn’t discover any proof of arson. After concluding the investigation of the Nikola Tre BEV fires, the Metropolis of Phoenix’s Hearth Investigations Activity Pressure division chief Daniel Cheatham advised Electrek that the reason for the hearth at Nikola’s headquarters was formally declared to be “undetermined” and that there wasn’t “any proof in any respect that helps arson.”
The Phoenix Police Division additionally opened an investigation into the fires and stated it was analyzing proof reminiscent of movies and witness suggestions. Each the hearth and police departments are but to publish last stories of their investigations.
It is value noting that inner Nikola paperwork revealed in June level to a doable challenge with the Tre BEV’s battery pack. Extra particularly, laser welding may puncture some cells in a module, inflicting the cells to corrode after simply two check cycles and probably producing extra warmth. The startup advised InsideEVs in an announcement that battery packs with weld points didn’t make it into manufacturing semi-trucks.
Nikola additionally famous that each its inner engineering crew and a third-party crew have opened investigations to find out the basis reason for the fires, and that the outcomes would come out in a number of weeks.