Throw another name in the mix for the upcoming electric truck market – the Nikola Badger. Nikola Motors just unveiled renderings of its latest project and on its website it says its coming in September of 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.
The Nikola Badger boasts some impressive performance numbers. According to Nikola, the Badger will produce up to 905 horsepower and 980 lb-ft of torque. Range is up to 600 miles and 0-60 time is listed at 2.9 seconds.
As it stands, there are only a handful of hydrogen stations in the United States, so fueling up the Badger could be a little tricky. To ease this concern, Nikola plans to build 700 new hydrogen stations. The good news is that even without a hydrogen station nearby, the Nikola Badger should still offer up about 300 miles of maximum range on electric power alone.
Is the Nikola Badger Really Coming?
You’ll have to pardon us for being a bit skeptical about the Nikola Badger’s immediate future. Our sister site, ATV.com, has been hearing about the Nikola NZT electric UTV for years now and it still hasn’t been officially introduced. We actually got some seat time in one last year, which you can read about here, but that’s the last we’ve heard from Nikola on the matter. On the Nikola website it says production of the NZT will begin in 2021, but we’re going to need to see it before we believe it. And the NZT is listed with a starting price of $80,000 – that’s well over twice as expensive as even the priciest Sport UTVs in the industry and more than four times as expensive as many others. In other words, who is going to buy one?
The good news is the electric truck market figures to be a whole lot more robust than the electric UTV market. The Nikola Badger doesn’t have any price listed on the website, but the price will need to be competitive with the likes of the Tesla Cybertruck and Hummer EV to stand a chance.
We are supposed to get our first real look at the Nikola Badger this September at Nikola World 2020. If our experience with the NZT at Nikola World 2019 is any indication, we’d expect a working prototype. Anything beyond that will be both surprising and welcome.