Who needs a Cybertruck? The 906hp Badger is the first electric pickup truck from Utah-based Nikola Motor. An estimated, and class-leading, range of 600 miles has attracted attention to a pickup that will be built in conjunction with an established manufacturer.
Nikola says the Badger has been developed to outperform all the announced electric pickup trucks, like the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T, for towing, performance, range and practicality, with a 15W power outlet for power tools and compressors.
“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.”
Electric or Fuel Cell?
While all versions of the Badger will be powered by the 906hp and 1,329Nm electric motor, there is a choice between either a 160kWh lithium-ion battery or a 120kWh fuel cell. Nikola is working with hydrogen producers to lower the cost of hydrogen production.
Weights and Loads
The gross vehicle weight is rated at 4,536kg with a payload of around 1,000kg and towing capacity of 3,629kg. What’s interesting is that Nikola has stated the fully loaded truck and trailer, with a combination weight of 8,165kg will be able to launch from standstill on a 30% gradient without stall.
Nikola Badger Price and Availability
The Nikola Badger will make its first appearance at Nikola World 2020 in Phoenix, USA. Pricing is still a long way off, but Nikola is expected to build the Badger in conjunction with an established manufacturer, which is expected to be Ford with its new F150 truck.
Nikola Badger Technical Specification
- 600-mile range on blended fuel cell / battery electric mode
- 300-mile range on battery electric mode alone
- 906hp peak
- 455hp continuous
- 1,328Nm of torque
- 160kWh, flooded module lithium-ion battery
- 120kW fuel cell
- Supercapacitor Launch Assist that blends with lithium-ion and fuel-cell
- Operates down to -28°C without major performance or charge losses
- Towing capacity of over 3,600kg
- 15kW power export outlet
- Compatible with industry-standard charging for battery electric mode
- Five seats
- Truck dimensions: 5,900mm long x 1,850mm tall x 2,160mm wide, with a 1,560mm bed width