Nikola Badger Hydrogen Electric Ute

Badger Electric Ute coming soon

2020 Nikola Badger Electric Ute 1 exterior Nikola Corporation has announced the product launch of the Nikola Badger electric pickup truck with an estimated range of 600 miles. Unlike anything on the market, the advanced electric pickup is designed to target and exceed every electric or petrol pickup in its class.

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Nikola Badger Ute Key Points

  • Will be available in FCEV (Fuel-Cell Electric) or BEV (Battery-Electric)
  • Manufacturing through an OEM partnership; to be announced soon
  • Electric 0-60 mph in approximately 2.9 seconds
  • Truck can operate on FCEV / battery-blend or BEV mode at any given time
  • Badger can generate over 906 horsepower, 980 ft. lbs. of torque and an estimated 600-mile range
  • Badger can drive 300 miles in BEV mode for those that do not have access to hydrogen
  • Badger will make its first appearance at Nikola World 2020; expected in September
  • Nikola is currently planning 700 hydrogen stations to give North America hydrogen coverage
  • Initial hydrogen station locations are finalized and will be announced this quarter
  • Limited reservations available in 2020. Sign up for updates at www.nikolamotor.com/badger

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Nikola Badger Ute Details

Nikola Corporation has announced the product launch of the Nikola Badger electric pickup truck with an estimated range of 600 miles. 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.

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.

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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.”

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Nikola Badger Diesel Brothers

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.”

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“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.

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. You can see more details at www.nikolamotor.com/badger.

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Nikola Badger Estimated Specifications*:

  • 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
  • Five seats
  • Truck dimensions: 5900 mm long x 1850 mm tall x 2160 mm wide a 1560 mm bed width

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Rob first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.