Arizona-based startup Nikola has unveiled its fuel cell-powered pickup truck concept called The Badger challenging Tesla, Rivian, Ford, and General Motors.
The company plans to offer The Badger as a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and a battery electric vehicle (BEV), the company claims that the hybrid powertrain model will feature a maximum range of approximately 600 miles (~965 kilometers), while its battery-electric model offers 300 miles (~482 kilometers).
As a pickup truck, it can tow up to 8,000 pounds and can run from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 2.9 seconds, these configurations make The Badger stands against the Tesla Cybertruck..
Nikola Badger Specifications
- 600 miles on blended FCEV / BEV
- 300 miles on BEV alone
- Operates on blended FCEV / BEV or BEV only by the 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
- The 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
The only raising question is that the number of hydrogen filling stations is limited even in major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles in California and the company plans to build 700 hydrogen filling stations.
The company will reveal more details about The Badger at its upcoming Nikola World 2020 event in September.