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 600 miles (a blended figure that includes the use of hydrogen) or 300 miles on battery alone, the Badger seems impressive. It zips from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Reservations for the truck will open in the U.S. sometime in 2020 following its debut this September. No pricing or international market 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.

Gallery: Nikola Badger electric pickup truck

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:

  • 600 miles on blended FCEV / BEV
  • 300 miles on BEV alone
  • Operates on blended FCEV / BEV or BEV only by touch of a button
  • 906 bhp peak
  • 455 bhp 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 (3,629 kg)
  • 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
Nikola Badger

*Specs may vary according to FCEV or BEV-only mode, temperature, elevation, tyres, 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.

Nikola Badger electric pickup truck

Nikola adds:

  • 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?

Nikola Badger electric pickup truck

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.

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NIKOLA UNVEILS THE BADGER – THE WORLD'S MOST ADVANCED ZERO-EMISSION FCEV / BEV PICKUP TRUCK WITH AN ESTIMATED 600 MILE RANGE

Will be available in FCEV (Fuel-Cell Electric) or BEV (Battery-Electric)
Manufacturing through an OEM partnership; to be announced soon
Electric 0-60 mph in approximately 2.9 seconds
Truck can operate on FCEV / battery-blend or BEV mode at any given time
Badger can generate over 906 horsepower, 980 ft. lbs. of torque and an estimated 600-mile range
Badger can drive 300 miles in BEV mode for those that do not have access to hydrogen
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
Initial hydrogen station locations are finalized and will be announced this quarter
Limited reservations available in 2020. Sign up for updates at www.nikolamotor.com/badger

PHOENIX. February 10, 2020 – Nikola Corporation is excited to announce the product launch of the Nikola Badger electric pickup truck with an estimated range of 600 miles.

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.

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.

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.

“Nikola has billions worth of technology in our semi-truck program, so why not build it into a pickup truck?” said Trevor Milton, CEO, Nikola Corporation. “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.”

Heavy D, a reality TV star from the “Diesel Brothers,” has partnered with Nikola to design, build and test the Badger in real world environments, which is anticipated to attract millions of viewers and followers through the process. The partnership will follow the Badger build from concept through production.

“My audience, hard-core truck enthusiasts, has expected me to push the limits of truck power and capabilities since my beginnings,” said Heavy D, AKA Dave Sparks. “Being able to pull back the curtain of a production truck build is a rare opportunity where we can include the everyday truck owner to participate in the final outcome of design, exterior choices and performance specs. I wanted to be part of that story and now I have the opportunity with Nikola.”

“The Nikola Badger is a game changer. The program will help drive down the cost of the fuel-cell components on our semi-truck while accelerating the hydrogen station rollout. Giving customers the option to order a fuel-cell or battery electric version will ensure we drive the cost down for everyone across our lineup,” said Mark Russell, president of Nikola Corporation.

The Nikola Badger will make its first appearance at Nikola World 2020 in Phoenix. Prototypes will be available for select customers and media to ride in at Nikola World. You can see more details at www.nikolamotor.com/badger .

Nikola Badger Specifications*:

600 miles on blended FCEV / BEV
300 miles 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.