Preorders are now available for the Nikola Badger and we should all get our first good look at this electric/fuel-cell truck at Nikola World, which is scheduled for December 3-5, 2020.
Unlike electric trucks unveiled by Tesla, Hummer, Rivian and Bollinger, the Nikola Badger is not a purely electric vehicle – it is a fuel-cell electric truck that will depend on a hydrogen fuel-cell stack in addition to an electric motor.
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The Nikola Badger boasts some impressive performance numbers. According to Nikola, the Badger will produce up to 906 horsepower and 980 lb-ft of torque. Range is up to 600 miles and 0-60 time is listed at 2.9 seconds.
“The technology on the Badger is next to none; it has one of the most advanced powertrains and infotainment systems on the market. The features include over-the-air updates, keyless entry, independent torque control of every wheel, 906 HP, 980 ft. lbs. of torque, 15 kilowatt power export with 220V and 110V, tie-down tracks inside the truck for cargo, hidden refrigerator, up to 600 miles of range, and waterproof displays. You couldn’t dream of building a better pickup truck than the Badger and we offer it in both fuel-cell and battery-electric options,” said Founder and Executive Chairman Trevor Milton. “At Nikola World 2020, our followers will have the chance to see the Badger in action, so you don’t want to miss this show.”
To appeal to consumers who don’t require 600 miles of range and the capabilities of the fuel-cell, you can preorder the Nikola Badger with only the electric motor, which is designed to provide up to 300 miles of range. But what happens if you buy a purely electric Badger and find you need more range and power? Nikola says you can add the hydrogen fuel-cell later on as an upgrade.
Other features of the Nikola Badger include a steep 35-degree approach angle and the ability to take up to 48 inches of water without affecting anything in the truck. It also boasts a claimed towing capacity of 8,000 pounds, 16 inches of ground clearance, 85-inch width, 232-inch length, 72.8-inch height, and seating for five.
The Badger also offers 15 kw of power export available inside and outside the vehicle at either 110v or 220v. That’s plenty of juice to power tools on the jobsite.
Nilola says it will pre-wire the Badger with 12v connectors inside and outside the vehicle to use any way you see fit – from additional LED lighting or connecting a winch. And each connector will show how much current output it can give. This should all but eliminate splicing into the factory wiring harness to add power-drawing accessories to your truck.
Speaking of accessories, Nikola added mounting racks on top of the bed, inside the bed, on the roof, and on the front of the vehicle so you don’t have to cut any holes or damage the truck when installing the accessories you want.
Nikola Badger Pricing
According to Nikola, the pure electric Badger, which comes fully loaded, will retail for approximately $60,000, while the hydrogen fuel-cell version starts at about $90,000.
And while we will get our first good look at the Nikola Badger at Nikola World in December, vehicles are not slated for delivery to customers until 2022. On that note, Nikola that manufacturing will go through an OEM partnership, which will also be unveiled at Nikola World.