Nikola Reveals Badger Electric Pickup Truck With 966-km Range
11 February 2020 - InsideEVs
Nikola claims this is the world's most advanced electric truck.
Nikola has just revealed its Badger electric pickup truck concept. With an estimated total range of 966 km (a blended figure that includes the use of hydrogen) or 489 km on battery alone, the Badger seems impressive. It zips from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds. Reservations for the truck will open sometime in 2020 following its debut this September. No pricing information is available at this point in time.
The Badger, though just a concept for now, aims to compete with the likes of the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, Hummer electric pickup truck, Ford F-150 electric truck and more in the ever-growing segment of electric trucks.
Nikola is mostly known for its zero-emission semi-trucks, including the stylish Tre, but now the automaker is venturing into the field of pickup trucks with the Badger. It seems the truck will be offered in two forms, with one being a battery-only version and the other offering both a battery and a hydrogen fuel cell setup. Key specs include:
- 966 km on blended FCEV / BEV
- 489 km on BEV alone
- Operates on blended FCEV / BEV or BEV only by touch of a button
- 906 HP peak
- 455 HP continuous
- 980 ft. lbs. of torque
- 160 kWh, flooded module - lithium-ion battery
- 120 kW fuel cell
- Advanced Supercapacitor Launch Assist that blends with lithium ion and fuel-cell
- -20F operating environments without major performance or SOC losses
- Towing capacity of over 8,000 pounds
- Operating targets without motor stalls up to 50% grade
- 15 kW power export outlet
- Compatible with industry-standard charging for BEV mode
- Five seats
- Truck dimensions: 5900 mm long x 1850 mm tall x 2160 mm wide a 1560 mm bed width
*Specs may vary according to FCEV or BEV-only mode, temperature, elevation, tires, wheels, software packages, production requirements, hardware and/or regulations.
We're not big fans of the use of hydrogen, as the fuel cell system adds complexity and cost, but in this case, even without the hydrogen, the truck has a decent range of 300 miles.
The Badger will make its first appearance at Nikola World 2020; expected in September
Nikola is currently planning 700 hydrogen stations to give North America hydrogen coverage
In terms of power and performance, Nikola states:
Unlike anything on the market, the advanced electric pickup is designed to target and exceed every electric or petrol pickup in its class. The Badger is engineered to deliver 980 ft. lbs. of torque, 906 peak HP and 455 continuous HP. The Badger will be built in conjunction with another OEM utilizing their certified parts and manufacturing facilities.
We wonder who the OEM is now?
Badger will be equipped for worksite duty too:
The electric pickup is designed to handle what a construction company could throw at it and is engineered to outperform all electric pickup trucks on the market in both continuous towing, HP and range. The Badger will be outfitted with a 15-kilowatt power outlet for tools, lights and compressors, which is enough power to assist a construction site for approximately 12 hours without a generator.
Taking a page out of the playbook of the Porsche Taycan, Nikola comments:
The Badger was designed to handle 0-100 mph launches with minimal loss of performance and to operate on grades up to 40% through advanced software blending of batteries and fuel-cell. With a fully loaded trailer and combined vehicle weight of 18,000 lbs., the Badger will be able to launch from a standstill on a 30% grade without motor stall.
Repeatable performance is something Porsche has stressed time and again in regards to the Taycan.
Nikola CEO Trevor Milton says that the move from semis to pickup truck was logical and we tend to agree with his statement here:
Nikola has billions worth of technology in our semi-truck program, so why not build it into a pickup truck? I have been working on this pickup program for years and believe the market is now ready for something that can handle a full day's worth of work without running out of energy. This electric truck can be used for work, weekend getaways, towing, off-roading or to hit the ski slopes without performance loss. No other electric pickup can operate in these temperatures and conditions.
You'll find some additional details in the attached press release below.