Wednesday, August 5, 2020

New Nikola Badger EV/Hydrogen pickup truck has a 600-mile range

An Arizona-based startup, which focuses on research and development of zero-emission vehicles, is currently in the news for the past couple of days. Nikola Motor Company is famous for working and producing projects based on hydrogen fuel cells. The Badger, from Nikola, is the new all-electric pickup truck. The company revealed the truck a few days ago, and it has lived up to the expectation.

Range of the Nikola Badger

The Badger will come in two variants. The first one will generate power from the array of hydrogen fuel cells combined with a battery, and the other with an auxiliary battery only. Both options look powerful and muscular. The former variant is capable of covering 600 miles in one go, while the latter variant has a range of 300 miles. The Badger produces up to 906hp and the peak torque of 980 ft-lbs.

The powertrain inside the Badger

Under the hood sits the powertrain comprising of 160 kW of lithium-ion battery and 120kW of hydrogen fuel cell (optional). Individually, both powertrains are expected to record a range of 300 miles. The Badger will get 4×4 all-wheel drivetrain and can tow capacity of 8,000lbs.

Nikola CEO Trevor Milton revealed that the company was working on this multi-purpose pickup truck, and now they are close to delivering their project to the consumers. Using hydrogen fuel cells is a futuristic idea, but still, the world might not ready for it. Because of the less number of hydrogen stations around the world, people may opt for the battery variant. However, the company is working on this issue as well and is planning to build more than 500 hydrogen stations in North America alone.

The pricing of the Nikola Badger is yet to be out. Nikola has already confirmed the Badger’s launch in September 2020. It is a direct competitor to Tesla Cybertruck, recently revealed GMC Hummer, and many more upcoming pickup trucks.

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Source: InsideEVs, The Verge, Nikola

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