Nikola sinks after battery fires lead to recalls and halted sales

Nikola sinks after battery fires lead to recalls and halted sales

Shares of Nikola Corp fell in early trade after the manufacturer announced it would recall the trucks and pause sales after several battery fires.

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The company will call back approximately 209 of its Tre trucks after a third-party investigator found that a coolant leak was likely behind a fire at the company’s Phoenix headquarters in June. While Nikola said her vehicles can remain in operation, she has advised customers and dealers to park outside until a repair is ready in the coming weeks.

Nikola stock fell 17% before the start of regular trading on Monday. Shares are down 98% from their peak in June 2020, the month Nikola went public by merging with a special purpose acquisition company.

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Internal investigations by Nikola’s safety and engineering teams indicate that a single supplier component within its battery packs is the likely source of coolant leaks that a third party found to be the likely cause of the truck fire in June.

The company said this was confirmed by a “minor thermal incident” last week involving an engineering verification truck in Arizona. No one was injured in either case.

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