Q&A: Nikola CEO says electrical Badger pickup constructed to tackle the Ford Raptor

Paper or plastic? Or on this case, hydrogen or electrical? Or each?

Both means, Nikola Motor Firm has damaged freed from the all-electric pickup pattern with the announcement of the 906-hp Badger pickup which options an estimated vary of as much as 600 miles.

Nikola CEO Trevor Milton says the truck is constructed to tackle the Ford Raptor.

Taking down Ford’s trophy truck gained’t be simple, which is why Milton has partnered with Diesel Brothers’ Dave “Heavy D” Sparks who will design, construct and check the Badger for hundreds of thousands to see on the favored actuality TV present.

“My viewers, hard-core truck fans, has anticipated me to push the bounds of truck energy and capabilities since my beginnings,” mentioned Sparks. “Having the ability to pull again the curtain of a manufacturing truck construct is a uncommon alternative the place we are able to embrace the on a regular basis truck proprietor to take part within the last end result of design, exterior decisions and efficiency specs. I wished to be a part of that story and now I’ve the chance with Nikola.”

I just lately spoke with Nikola CEO Trevor Milton who answered a few of our burning questions following the corporate’s huge information. The Q&A is under

EW: Do the present Badger pictures posted on Nikola’s web site really depict what the truck will seem like at its reveal? Or ought to we anticipate modifications?

Milton: The pictures are very correct. You’ll be capable of see the Badger in particular person at Nikola World in September. It would look practically an identical to what you see at the moment as we’re already kicking off elements.

EW: What’s the vary whereas towing as much as the said max of eight,000 kilos?

Milton: 300 miles in BEV solely; as much as 600 miles in blended BEV/FCEV mode. Beneath full load it will likely be round 50% vary so 300 miles similar to a gasoline or diesel can be as effectively. With no load, 600 miles.

EW: How can the truck preserve optimum battery temperatures?

Milton: The gasoline cell takes away the bulk of the present from the batteries. Batteries derate attributable to present charges. So continuous use of excessive present ruins batteries so the software program works to guard the batteries. With the Nikola Badger, you don’t have that very same de charge downside as a result of the gasoline cell can output continuous energy with no de ranking since it’s a battery. This takes a majority of the stress off the battery cells and permits them to operate how they need to with brief bursts of energy.

EW: Will a daily cab be provided as effectively?

Milton: Should you imply two-door, then no. Solely 4-door.

EW: Has Nikola secured a partnership with an OEM? In that case, which one?

Milton: We shall be asserting our OEM companion within the coming months. We want we may discuss extra about it however the OEM needs the suitable to announce it.


Extra particulars on the Nikola Badger

Might be out there in FCEV (Gasoline-Cell Electrical) or BEV (Battery-Electrical)
Electrical Zero-60 mph in roughly 2.9 seconds
Truck can function on FCEV / battery-blend or BEV mode at any given time
Badger can generate over 906 horsepower, 980 lb.-ft. torque and an estimated 600-mile vary
Badger can drive 300 miles in BEV mode for people who would not have entry to hydrogen
Badger will make its first look at Nikola World 2020; anticipated in September
Nikola is at the moment planning 700 hydrogen stations to present North America hydrogen protection
Preliminary hydrogen station areas are finalized and shall be introduced this quarter
Restricted reservations out there in 2020. Join updates at nikolamotor.com/badger