US-based start-up Nikola Motors has recently unveiled future electric pickup truck. Company boasts that its electric pickup truck ‘the badger’ will have an estimated range of nearly 1,000 kilometres.
Company described its Badger as “unlike anything on the market” and “designed to target and exceed every electric or petrol pickup in its class.”
Two versions of Nikola’s Badger:
An electric/fuel-cell hybrid: According to the company, this model will be able to sustain a 965-kilometer (600-mile) range.
Battery Electric: This model will have a maximum range of 482 kilometers (300 miles).
Badger will have the towing capacity of about 3,628 kg (8,000 lbs) and will zip from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds.
Trevor Milton, Nikola’s CEO and founder, said, “Nikola has billions worth of technology in our semi-truck program, so why not build it into a pickup truck?”
“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.”
However, one major issue for Badger is the shortage of hydrogen filling stations. To solve this problem, Nikola is planning to build 700 hydrogen filling stations.