The Nikola Badger is a FCEV or BEV pickup truck with 600 miles of range

10 February 2020, 13:48:48

The Nikola Badger is a FCEV or BEV pickup truck with 600 miles of rangeNikola has announced its first electric pick-up truck - the Nikola Badger. It will be available in a FCEV (Fuel-Cell Electric) and BEV (Battery-Electric) variant. The vehicle will debut at Nikola World 2020 in Phoenix. Prototypes will be available for select customers and media to ride in during the event.

Nikola Badger specifications (may vary according to FCEV or BEV model, packages, regulations, etc.)

The Badger is engineered to outperform all-electric pickup trucks on the market in both continuous towing, HP and range, namely, to deliver 980 ft. lbs. of torque, 906 peak HP and 455 continuous HP. It will be built in conjunction with another OEM utilizing their certified parts and manufacturing facilities. 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."

Heavy D, a reality TV star from the "Diesel Brothers," has partnered with Nikola to design, build and test the Badger in real world environments, which is anticipated to attract millions of viewers and followers through the process. The partnership will follow the Badger build from concept through production.

"My audience, hard-core truck enthusiasts, has expected me to push the limits of truck power and capabilities since my beginnings," said Heavy D, AKA Dave Sparks. "Being able to pull back the curtain of a production truck build is a rare opportunity where we can include the everyday truck owner to participate in the final outcome of design, exterior choices and performance specs. I wanted to be part of that story and now I have the opportunity with Nikola."

"The Nikola Badger is a game changer. The program will help drive down the cost of the fuel-cell components on our semi-truck while accelerating the hydrogen station rollout. Giving customers the option to order a fuel-cell or battery electric version will ensure we drive the cost down for everyone across our lineup," said Mark Russell, president of Nikola Corporation.

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