Nikola Motors, also known as the exaggerated machine of Arizona's number 1 electrified vehicles, works again, but this time, it is not aHe's trying to get you excited. It is a truck designed to compete with vehicles such as Rivian, Hummer and Tesla, and is called Badger.
The Nikola Badger collection, which was announced by the company on Monday, will be available as a purely electric battery vehicle or with a fuel cell system. Nikola is promoting up to 600 miles in range (300 with batteries only), 906 horsepower and 980 foot-pounds of torque. Those specifications are pretty decent, but there is a problem: hydrogen.
Look, like any Mirai orThe owner will tell you that hydrogen stations are not so abundant. Not even in southern California, which has the highest concentration of them by far. To help combat this, as part of its Badger program, Nikola plans to build 700 hydrogen service stations. He says the locations of the first stations are secured, but will not be announced until later in the first quarter of 2020.
"Nikola has billions of technology in our semi truck program, so why not turn it into a truck?" Nikola CEO Trevor Milton said in a statement. "I have been working on this collection program for years and I think the market is now ready for something that can handle the entire work day without running out of energy. This electric truck can be used for work, weekend getaways, towing, shutting down – walking or hitting the ski slopes without loss of performance. No other electric van can operate in these temperatures and conditions. "
What else do we know about the badger? Well, from the side, it looks a lot like the Toyota Tacoma of the current generation (which is not necessarily a bad thing), but of course it has many more lights, angles and character lines. It will have a towing capacity of around 8,000 pounds, and Nikola says it will do 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds with the help of a supercapacitor-based launch system.
Oh, and Nikola is partnering with Heavy D of the Diesel Brothers program to help design, build and test the badger in "real-world environments." In any case, Nikola says his Badger will make his debut at the company's Nikola World 2020 event later this year, where prototype vehicles will be available for the media and customers selected to drive.
Originally published on February 12.