Don’t be put off by the Tesla Motors spinoff-sounding name (of course inspired by physicist Nikola Tesla) which attracted many headlines this week, Nikola Motor’s recently unveiled electric truck and UTV concepts are very real – well as real as a concept can be.
What many articles about the company missed is the fact that the range is achieved through a natural gas range extender, which is not clear only from the press release. The truck is called ‘Nikola One’ and it is equipped with a 320 kWh battery pack which enables up to 1,200 miles, but again only combined with the natural gas range extender.
There are over 32,000 individual lithium-ion cells welded together in the Nikola One’s battery pack. Nikola Motor boasts the pack as being 3x the pack size of a Tesla Model S P90D.
Nikola Motor lists some impressive specs:
- 6X6 100% Electric drive
- Zero idle
- Many times cleaner than diessel engines
- 1/2 the fuel cost per mile compared to diessel
- 3,700 FT. LBS Torque
- 2,000 Horsepower
- 1,200 Miles range
- 320 kWh Battery
- 1 million miles fuel free
- Regenarative braking
- Never plug-in – Turbine charges batteries automatically while driving
Most of the company’s plan relies on its ability to develop its natural gas CNG refueling stations, which is far from a done deal.
The company is currently only working on the prototype, but it is already taking reservations. They want to create a special lease program for truck drivers for $5,000 a month which would include the lease payment, unlimited miles, unlimited fuel, warranty and maintenance.
A truck driver would be able to trade-in his Nikola One for a new one with no additional cost every 72 months or 1,000,000 miles.
The startup also unveiled an all-electric UTV concept with impressive specs but attached to a crazy $42,000 MSRP. The spec list:
- 100 – 150 MILE RANGE
- 100% ELECTRIC DRIVE
- 400 VOLTS
- 520 HORSEPOWER
- 50 kWh BATTERY
- 4×4 ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
- 476 FT. LBS TORQUE
- INSTANT TORQUE IN <1 SEC
- 0-60 IN 3 SECONDS
- 2 YEAR WARRANTY
- 20” SUSPENSION CLEARANCE
- 32” TIRES
- 14.5″ GROUND CLEARANCE
- 10 DEGREE REAR STEERING
- IP67 WATERPROOF ELECTRIC MOTOR & GEARBOX
All pictures via Nikola Motor.