American company Nikola Corporation has announced the production of electric pickup truck Badger with a total run range of up to 966 km (600 miles).
Thus, Nikola decided to join the trendy segment for the American market: earlier, for example, Tesla of Ilon Mask, Ford, General Motors and Rivian presented their electric pickups.
In comparison with Tesla Cybertruck, Badger is not a “pure electric car”, but a hybrid. It is powered by lithium-ion batteries and a hydrogen cell engine. Thus, pickup truck can operate in both pure electric mode, and in combined mode with hydrogen fuel elements.
For example, Nikola Badger can be recharged with normal electric power for daily trips, and if you need to go on a longer journey – in addition, you can fill it with hydrogen. The company plans to create a network of 700 hydrogen stations in the USA.
The car will be able to travel more than 960 kilometers (600 miles) from full battery charge/hydrogen fuelling, and only in electric mode (160 kWh battery), the power capacity will be twice less (480 kilometers).
You can switch between the two modes by pressing a single button.
Badger will be able to reach speeds from 0 to 100 km/h in about 3 seconds.The vehicle is able to climb 50-degrees and can tow a trailer weighting up to 3.6 tonnes.
The Badger will also be equipped with a 15-kilowatt socket, which will turn the pickup into a generator for power tools and lighting equipment.
According to Nikola, the car should “outperform all electric or petrol pickups in its class”.The working prototype of Nikola Badger is expected to be presented in autumn 2020.The starting date and price of the pickup will be announced later.