Nikolas Badger pickup, announced by the company on Monday, will either be available as a pure battery. Electric vehicle or with a fuel cell system. Nikola advertises a range of up to 600 miles (300 with batteries alone), 906 horsepower and 980 pound-feet of torque. These specifications are pretty decent, but there is one problem – hydrogen.
As any Mirai orowner will tell you, hydrogen stations aren't that numerous. Not even in Southern California, where there is by far the highest concentration. To counteract this, Nikola plans to build 700 hydrogen filling stations as part of his Badger program. The locations of the first stations are said to be secured, but will be announced later in the first quarter of 2020.
"Nikola has billions of dollars worth of technology in our truck range, so why not build it?" in a pickup? "Nikola CEO Trevor Milton said in a statement," I've been working on this pickup program for years and I think the market is now ready for something that can do a full day of work without running out of energy. This electric vehicle can be used for work, weekend trips, towing and switching off -roading or to reach the ski slopes without loss of performance. No other electric pickup can operate under these temperatures and conditions. "
What else do we know about the Badger? Well, from the side, it looks a lot like the current generation Toyota Tacoma (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but of course it has a lot more lights and angles and character lines. It will have a tow rating of somewhere near 8,000 pounds, and Nikola says it will reach 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds using a supercapacitor-based starting system.
Oh, and Nikola is working with Heavy D from the Diesel Brothers show helps design, build, and test the badger in "real-world environments." In any event, Nikola says his badger will make its debut at the company's Nikola World 2020 event later this year, where prototype vehicles will be available to media and select customers.
Originally published on February 12.