Since the hype surrounding Tesla’s cybertruck has somewhat died down, Nikola Motors decided it was the perfect time to announce it’s own electric pickup truck, the Badger.
Nikola Motors, named after engineer and scientist Nikola Tesla, unveiled its concept for the Badger on Monday with some pretty bold statements about the vehicles towing capacity, maximum range, and acceleration. According to a press release by Nikola, the Badger has both an all-electric motor, much like the cybertruck, but it will also ship with an electric fuel-cell hybrid motor.
According to Nikola CEO Trevor Milton, “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.”
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The electric fuel-cell hybrid motor will reportedly have a maximum range of 965 kilometres while the all-electric version will have a range of 482 kilometres. Combining electric and hybrid power may sound like a good idea, in theory, seeing as the only byproduct of a fuel-cell motor is water and EV charging stations are becoming more and more prominent throughout the world. However, the issue with this concept is the lack of ‘hydrogen stations’ scattered across the world, especially when compared to the amount of EV charging stations. To solve this issue, Nikola Motors intends on building a total of 700 hydrogen filling stations across the US.
As for the other standout features of the all-electric Badger, it will be able to tow a payload of up to 3628 kg and accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 2,9 seconds. Nikola Motors says it will provide a fully detailed breakdown of the Badger during the ‘Nikola world 2020 event’ in September 2020.