Saia LTL, USA Truck Plan to Purchase Nikola Tre Battery-Electric Trucks

Saia LTL Freight announced plans to purchase or lease 100 Nikola Tre heavy-duty battery electric vehicles, and USA Truck plans to purhcase 10. Photo: Nikola

Georgia-based less-than-truckload Saia LTL Freight announced plans to purchase or lease 100 Nikola Tre heavy-duty battery electric vehicles following the satisfactory completion of a demonstration program. The demonstration program will include three BEV trucks to be operated in separate locations across the Saia network and is expected to begin in the first half of 2022.  Deliveries of 100 production vehicles are intended to occur between 2022 and 2024 with the initial 25 targeted for 2022. 

As a transportation provider who has been in operation for nearly 100 years, Saia officials say they are committed to reducing the operational impact on the environment through sustainable business practices, equipment optimization and corporate efficiencies. The Nikola Tre BEV will further this commitment as they continuously improve the fuel economy of the Saia fleet to reduce the carbon imprint and minimize their use of resources. In Arkansas, over-the-road truck carrier and broker USA Truck also announced plans to purchase 10 Nikola Tre trucks from Thompson Truck Centers.

Under the agreement, Thompson Truck Centers will provide sales, service, maintenance, and energy infrastructure required to operate the Nikola Tre BEV trucks, expected to be delivered in the first half of 2022. The agreement also includes the option to purchase an additional 90 Nikola zero-emission trucks over the next two years. USA Truck has more than 2,000 driving team members.

This would be its first order of battery-electric trucks.

“The partnership with Nikola and Thompson advances our critically important ESG initiatives and further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability now and in the future,” said James Reed, president and CEO of USA Truck, in a press release.