We have seen Tesla reveal the all-electric Cybertruck a couple of months ago and it took social media by storm. It received both criticism and praise from everyone due to its unusual wedge-shaped design. However, Elon Musk did claim that its stainless steel body can withstand 9mm bullets, and that it has bullet-resistant windows. It is also capable of towing up to 6,350 kg worth of payload with the triple-motor setup.
However, Tesla may soon face a rival from another company that (ironically) goes by the name of Nikola; both companies seem to oddly derive their names from electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla.
And this is the Nikola Badger electric pick-up truck concept, and it has its sights set against the Tesla Cybertruck.
Powered by electric batteries, as well as hydrogen fuel cell technology, Nikola claims the Badger can cover over 960 km with both hydrogen and battery power. However, should the driver want to treat the Badger as a purely battery powered pick-up truck, it can do nearly 500 km on electric power alone. This was made possible due to a 120 kw fuel cell pack, as well as a 160 kWh lithium-ion battery.
On full power, the Badger can generate over 900 HP and 1,328 Nm of torque. However, Nikola also said that it can continuously produce 455 horsepower. More importantly, the Badger is capable of towing 3,628 kg worth of payload. It can also sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in as little as 2.9 seconds.
Need to power your tools while you're at work or out on the field? Nikola will even thrown in a 15-kilowatt power outlet for tools, lights, and even compressors. The company states that it has enough power to assist a construction site for approximately 12 hours without needing a generator.
“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,” said Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola.
With the truck itself still a concept, it might be awhile before we get to see the real thing. However, the company did mention that the Badger will make an official appearance at Nikola World later this year. In addition, prototype models will be available to ride in during the event.
Should the Badger go from concept to reality, it will go up against the likes of the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, the Hummer EV, as well as the Ford F-150 Electric.