Nikola Corporation announced the product launch of the Nikola Badger pickup truck with an estimated range of 600 miles. Unlike anything on the market, the advanced pickup was developed 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. It will be built in conjunction with another OEM utilizing their certified parts and manufacturing facilities. It will be available in hydrogen fuel cell or battery-electric options.
The 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.
The Badger can 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.
“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 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,” said Trevor Milton, CEO, Nikola Corporation.
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.
“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.
Nikola is currently planning 700 filling stations to give North America hydrogen coverage. The initial hydrogen station locations are finalized and will be announced this quarter.