Transport and logistics company J.B. Hunt announced an initial order for 13 zero emissions Class 8 trucks from energy and transportation solutions Nikola, forming part of the company’s sustainability and emissions intensity reduction efforts.

The initial order, set to delivered this month, includes ten battery-electric and three hydrogen fuel cell EVs, and will be will be located at facilities that serve J.B. Hunt’s main routes. The hydrogen and fueling infrastructure for these vehicles will be provided by Nikola’s hydrogen division, HYLA.

Michael Lohscheller, CEO of Nikola, said:

“Their purchase and use of these zero-emissions trucks are a testament to the hard work of our engineering, development, and manufacturing teams, who created a robust, highly advanced truck lineup, as well as our HYLA hydrogen infrastructure solutions, which are designed to benefit companies such as J.B. Hunt.”

The agreement follows the launch late last year by J.B. Hunt of a target to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 32% by 2034, with the incorporation of alternative powered equipment into its fleet as one of the key pillars of its strategy to reach the goal, alongside plans to expand the use of biogenic fuels and to improve fuel economy. The company began incorporating electric vehicles in its fleet this year.

Nick Hobbs, COO and President of Contract Services at J.B. Hunt, said:

“It’s important for us to be at the forefront of new technologies and innovative solutions that have the potential to change the way we move freight. These zero-emission trucks from Nikola advance our progress towards achieving our ambitious goal to reduce carbon emission intensity through viable solutions.”