After the Tesla Cypertruck Nikola now shows that an electric full size pickup not necessarily has to be ugly. The new Nikola Badger comes as BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) or as FCEV (Fuel-Cell Electric) and is supposed to be ready this year!
Unlike anything on the market, the advanced electric pickup is designed to target and exceed every electric or petrol pickup in its class. The Badger is engineered to deliver 980 ft. lbs. of torque, 906 peak HP and 455 continuous HP. The Badger will be built in conjunction with another OEM utilizing their certified parts and manufacturing facilities.
The electric pickup is designed to handle what a construction company could throw at it and is engineered to outperform all electric pickup trucks on the market in both continuous towing, HP and range. The Badger will be outfitted with a 15-kilowatt power outlet for tools, lights and compressors, which is enough power to assist a construction site for approximately 12 hours without a generator.
The Badger was designed to handle 0-100 mph launches with minimal loss of performance and to operate on grades up to 40% through advanced software blending of batteries and fuel-cell. With a fully loaded trailer and combined vehicle weight of 18,000 lbs., the Badger will be able to launch from a standstill on a 30% grade without motor stall.
“Nikola has billions worth of technology in our semi-truck program, so why not build it into a pickup truck?” said Trevor Milton, CEO, Nikola Corporation. “I have been working on this pickup program for years and believe the market is now ready for something that can handle a full day’s worth of work without running out of energy. This electric truck can be used for work, weekend getaways, towing, off-roading or to hit the ski slopes without performance loss. No other electric pickup can operate in these temperatures and conditions.”
- Manufacturing through an OEM partnership; to be announced soon
- Electric 0-60 mph in approximately 2.9 seconds
- Truck can operate on FCEV / battery-blend or BEV mode at any given time
- Badger can generate over 906 horsepower, 980 ft. lbs. of torque and an estimated 600-mile range
- Badger can drive 300 miles in BEV mode for those that do not have access to hydrogen
- The Badger will make its first appearance at Nikola World 2020; expected in September
- Nikola is currently planning 700 hydrogen stations to give North America hydrogen coverage
- Initial hydrogen station locations are finalized and will be announced this quarter
- Limited reservations available in 2020. Sign up for updates at www.nikolamotor.com/badger