Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the firm’s prolonged awaited electric pickup truck. But the total demonstrations didn’t lope as planned.


Nikola Corp. – the battery- and hydrogen-powered truck firm that has positioned itself as a rival to Tesla – on Monday announced plans to contain an electrical pickup.

The Nikola Badger can own a battery-perfect vary of 300 miles or a unfold of 600 miles on a battery plus a hydrogen gasoline tank. Production will delivery within the third quarter of 2021, Nikola spokesperson Colleen Robar well-known in an email. No mark has been announced.

The Badger joins a rising listing of electrical pickups promised by an array of established and delivery-up automakers.

The contenders now consist of the Tesla Cybertruck, Customary Motors’ GMC Hummer, an electric Ford F-150 and a pickup made by Ford-backed startup Rivian.

Phoenix-basically based Nikola has attracted consideration for its ambitious growth plans and audacious claims of technological advancements, alongside side a recent announcement that it has achieved a “game-altering” step forward in battery technology.

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The Badger will lope zero-to-60-mph in about 2.9 seconds with 906 height horsepower, and it’ll be made in partnership with an recent however unidentified automaker, the firm mentioned. The startup plans to delivery accepting “restricted reservations” in 2020.

Tesla and GM own mentioned they idea to contain their electric pickups starting up in gradual 2021, whereas Rivian has mentioned it plans to contain the R1T starting up in gradual 2020. Ford has no longer announced a date for the electric F-150 however no longer too prolonged ago launched a video demonstrating a prototype version towing a pronounce.

Nikola CEO Trevor Milton launched a assertion implying that the firm is translating technology from its hydrogen-powered semi-truck, which is aloof in pattern, into the pickup.

“I had been working on this pickup program for years and own the market is now ready for something that can address a stout day’s rate of work without working out of vitality,” Milton mentioned. “This electric truck would possibly possibly presumably even be oldschool for work, weekend getaways, towing, off-roading or to hit the ski slopes without efficiency loss. No other electric pickup can fair in these temperatures and prerequisites.”


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Milton has mentioned the firm has a decade rate of orders lined up for its hydrogen-electric semi-truck, alongside side possibilities comparable to Anheuser-Busch and US Xpress, and plans to delivery semi-truck manufacturing in 2022.

Nikola, which bears the vital title of electrical energy pioneer Nikola Tesla, has mentioned it’ll command extra valuable aspects about its battery and pickup plans at a drawing conclude summit. The startup, which moreover goes by Nikola Motor Firm, mentioned it would most likely occur in descend 2020.


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Agree to USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey.

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