Nikola adds Schneider to lead hydrogen and fuel cell tech teams

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Nikola Motor Company has hired Jesse Schneider as vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

A noted hydrogen and fuel cell expert, Nikola says Schneider is an automotive industry veteran who spent most of his career working for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Schneider has spent nearly 20 years in vehicle electrification, fuel cells, electric and hydrogen infrastructure and tanks at automakers in Germany, the United States and China.

He led a number of firsts related to fuel cell durability, hydrogen tanks and wireless charging. Schneider also organized the worldwide standardization for electric and fuel cell vehicle infrastructure.  He served as the chair of Hydrogen Fueling Standards and Specifications at SAE (J2601/2799) and ISO (TS 19880-1) and most recently, wireless charging at SAE (J2954), the company says.

At Nikola, Schneider will spearhead efforts with the Fuel Cell R&D Division working with Bosch in Germany and the hydrogen fueling technology team for the Nikola stations with NEL Hydrogen in Norway.  He will also lead the development of the Nikola R&D Center in Phoenix, the company says.

“As we prepare for production testing, durability and manufacturing, it was necessary to hire one of the top fuel cell pioneers in the world,” says Trevor Milton, CEO, Nikola Motor Company.  “Jesse will be a great asset to our team. We are excited to introduce industry veterans into our company structure to help prepare for the manufacturing rollout.”

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