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More Nikola Electric Semis Catch Fire, Prompting Recall

Nikola’s electric semis continue to struggle, as two more reportedly caught fire in Arizona last week.

The saga continues, as this story comes after two separate instances of Nikola trucks catching fire were reported over the summer.

Reuters reported on September 8 that a Nikola electric semi caught fire twice in one week. It seems that the battery pack, which was previously reported to generate heat of over 800 degrees, was what sparked the flame. Thankfully, no drivers or employees were injured by the blaze.

(Photo from the first fire in June)

This most recent pair of fires prompted Nikola to issue a recall to dealers and customers, asking them to return their electric big rigs. FreightWaves reported that Nikola will attempt to repair the semis at their Arizona plant.

This string of disasters for Nikola contributed to the company’s shares falling to 88 cents, which is about 55% down since the recall.

 

Original stories by Reuters and FreightWaves.

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