Nikola claims this is the world's most advanced electric truck.
Nikola has just revealed its Badger electric pickup truck concept. With an estimated total range of 600 miles (a blended figure that includes the use of hydrogen) or 300 miles on battery alone, the Badger seems impressive. It flies from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. The same pro-claimed time as the Tesla Cybertruck. Reservations for the truck will open sometime in 2020 following its debut this September. No pricing information is available at this point in time.
The Badger, though just a concept for now, aims to compete with the likes of the Atlis electric truck, Rivian R1T, Hummer electric pickup truck, Ford electric f 150, and more in the ever-growing segment of electric trucks.
Nikola is mostly known for its zero-emission semi-trucks, including the stylish Tre, but now the automaker is venturing into the field of pickup trucks with the Badger. It seems the truck will be offered in two forms, with one being a battery-only version and the other offering both a battery and a hydrogen fuel cell setup.
Nikola Badger Specs Include:
600 miles on blended FCEV / BEV
300 miles on BEV alone
Operates on blended FCEV / BEV or BEV only by touch of a button
906 HP peak
455 HP continuous
980 ft. lbs. of torque
160 kWh, flooded module - lithium-ion battery
120 kW fuel cell
Advanced Supercapacitor Launch Assist that blends with lithium ion and fuel-cell-20F operating environments without major performance or SOC losses
Towing capacity of over 8,000 pounds
Operating targets without motor stalls up to 50% grade
15 kW power export outlet
Compatible with industry-standard charging for BEV mode
Truck dimensions: 5900 mm long x 1850 mm tall x 2160 mm wide a 1560 mm bed width
Nikola is currently planning 700 hydrogen stations to give North America hydrogen coverage. Without hydrogen, the Nikola Badger is only limited to a 300 mile range.
In terms of power and performance, Nikola states:
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.
Badger will be equipped for worksite duty too:
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.
We have many more months until the unveil of the Nikola Badger electric pickup truck in September 2020. Nikola has given us many specs and details about the Badger. How do you think this will compare to the other future electric pickup trucks. Leave a comment on your thoughts!
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