According tomedia reports, The Production Motor’s electric pickup Badger has begun to accept reservations, and the hydrogen fuel cell drive will help differentiate it from upcoming rivals such as the Tesla Cybertruck and ford F-150 EV. It’s Nikola’s first consumer car, and the automaker is better known for its Class 8 electric transport plan, but its Badger pickup still has plenty of moving parts to figure out before it approaches the garage of a potential owner.
It looks like the electric pickup space will attract interest in the next few years, as is the case with the entry of established carmakers (Ford) and new manufacturers (Tesla and Nikola). But most of the new energy pickups you’ve seen have announced or announced rely on standard battery-powered drivetrains, but Nikola’s Badger takes a different line.
The company combines BEVs with hydrogen fuel cells in Badger— or at least in theory, because what everyone has seen so far is just a rendering of the car. Badger FCEV (hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle) will have a maximum range of 600 miles, and Nikola suggests that half of the car will use batteries and half of the fuel cells will start at $80,000 (without the incentive or federal tax breaks).
At the same time, the Badger BEV (pure electric vehicle) does not use fuel cells, but is entirely battery-powered. It will be charged in a typical BEV manner and is expected to be up to 250kW fast. The car has a range of 300 miles and starts at $60,000, according to Nikola. Unusually, Nikola hopes to upgrade BEV to FCEV in the future.
Nikola Chairman Trevor Milton said their strategy was to provide FCEV versions in areas where hydrogen fuel infrastructure already has. This will include California and Arizona, but Nikola’s transportation strategy will also build its own network of hydrogen fuel stations.
Somewhat unusually, Nikola didn’t announce the official’s choice of different kits for this pickup. In fact, the carmaker has said it will have three kits. Milton says all versions of the pickup will have 455 horsepower output and 8,000 pounds of drag capacity.
According to Nikola, the booking deposit ranges from $250 to $5,000, which can be returned to consumers before production begins. As to the amount of the deposit, it depends on the time of booking and other factors. Currently, booking owners can choose the final specifications and colors of the car. Milton says blue, white gray, green and black were the colors available to consumers in the original plan.
But for a new carmaker that has not been tested, this is a risk. Nikola hopes to begin assembling his Grade 8 transportation products at her plant in Arizona, and expects to complete the initial phase sometime in 2021. But actual production will not begin there until the second phase of plant construction is completed in 2023: before that, Nikola had partnered with Iveco to produce its Tre truck in Ulm, Germany.
In fact, Nikola doesn’t plan to produce Badger herself. “We are still focused on the production of Class 8 heavy vehicles and will not develop badger production plans unless we establish a strategic partnership with a established OEM company,” the company said in an S-1 filing with the SEC earlier this month. “
It was not revealed which OEM, Nikola, would be. According to Milton, the news will be announced by the end of the year, but it is unclear whether the deal is in place.