UPDATE: November 30, 2020 It appears the Badger is not being produced: From the press release (via FT)
“Nikola Badger program was dependent on an OEM partnership. Nikola will refund all previously submitted order deposits for the Nikola Badger.”
The FT also points out that the Nikola’s website, the reservation page is no more.
Nikola Motor is a zero-emissions transportation and infrastructure solution provider, designing and manufacturing battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen fueling station infrastructure. (Its stock surged 104% on the Nasdaq after it went public via a reverse merger, making its founder a billionaire). The company produces a variety of large trucks (The Nikola One, Two and Tre), Off Roaders NZT and Reckless, and the Wav Jetski.
But the vehicle that will put them on the map in terms of public perception is the Nikola Badger Pickup. It is a handsome five seater, with multiple power train options: The electric battery-only model powers a 300-mile range, with continuous 455 horsepower + peak 906 hp, and 908 pound-feet of torque. Add the 120-kW hydrogen FCEV extender, and the badger’s range doubles to 600 miles.
Unlike the Cybertruck, the Badger is a classic pickup design more akin to the Ford Raptor or Chevy Silverado ZRX. Nikola’s plans are to build hydrogen infrastructure around the U.S. giving their vehicles hydrogen as an additional fuel source along with Battery Electric. The combination of BEV and FCEV is fairly unique. Purchasers of Badgers can order BEV-only vehicles, wit the ability to add the FCEV portion at a later date.
Nikola Badger Estimated Specifications:
• 600 miles on blended FCEV / BEV
• 300 miles on BEV alone
• 455 HP continuous (906 HP peak), 980 ft. lbs. of torque
• 160 kWh, flooded module – lithium-ion battery
• -20F operating environments without major performance losses
• Towing capacity: 8,000 pounds
• Operating targets without motor stalls up to 50% grade
• Truck dimensions: 19.3 feet long x 6.1 feet tall x 7.1 feet wide with a 5.1 foot bed width
Want one? You can get in line: The company is taking Pre-orders beginning on June 29th. Prices will range from $60,000 to $90,000.