Nikola Corp. has announced the product launch of the Nikola Badger electric pickup truck with an estimated range of 600 miles.
The Badger is engineered to deliver 980-foot-pounds of torque, 906 peak HP and 455 continuous HP. The Badger will be built in conjunction with another OEM utilizing its 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 zero to 100 mph launches with minimal loss of performance and to operate on grades up to 40 percent through advanced software blending of batteries and fuel-cell, according to the company. With a fully loaded trailer and combined vehicle weight of 18,000 pounds, the Badger will be able to launch from a standstill on a 30 percent 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 of Nikola Corp. “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.”
“The Nikola Badger is a game-changer,” said Mark Russell, president of Nikola Corp. “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.”
The Nikola Badger will make its first appearance at Nikola World 2020 in Phoenix. Prototypes will be available for select customers and media to ride in at Nikola World.