Nikola Corp., which previously developed fuel-cell electric (FCEV) Class 8 trucks fuelled by hydrogen announced its working on the first FCEV pick up truck, the Nikola Badger. The company also plans to offer battery electric powertrains.
The range for the FCEV was stated as 600 miles while the BEV would be 300. The Badger will make its first public appearance at Nikola World 2020, which will be held in Phoenix in the fall. The vehicle could arrive on the market as early as 2021.
“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.”
The truck will have a 4x4 independent wheel drivetrain and is 19.3 feet long, 6 feet high, and 7 foot wide with a 5.1-ft wide bed. It will be able to drive on grades up to 40%. Even while pulling a fully loaded trailer (for a combined vehicle weight of 18,000 lbs.) the tenacious Badger can launch from a standstill up 30% grades without a motor stall. The towing capacity is rated at 8,000 lbs.
In terms of hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure, Nikola plans to build 700 hydrogen stations in North America will the initial location to be named in the coming months.
“The Nikola Badger is a game changer,” said Nikola president Mark Russell. “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 truck is estimated to cost between $60-$90k U.S depending on drivetrain.