Nikola introduced his first BEV Pickup Truck, which the company believes should be a rival to Tesla CyberTruck (and other electric pickups). It is assumed that Badger will be offered in two versions: in one version only the battery is used (BEV), and in the other - the battery and the hydrogen fuel cell installation (FCEV).
It is worth noting that at the moment, this is just a concept, that is, the company has not yet submitted a prototype of the car. Pickup is due to appear for the first time in September at the Nikola World 2020 in Phoenix. According to the company, prototypes will be available to select customers and the media who will participate in Nikola World.
It should be noted that the use of hydrogen adds complexity and cost due to the fuel cell system. Also, the use of hydrogen implies the existence of a similar fuel supply chain, which is also assumed for fossil fuel vehicles. Do not forget that hydrogen is a combustible gas. A mixture of hydrogen with oxygen or air in a confined space may cause an explosion if a spark, flame or other source of ignition occurs. With good lighting, the hydrogen flame is almost invisible, which is very dangerous.
But since Tesla Cybertruck is an electric pickup, we should only compare the electric version of Nikola Badger. At the moment, all specifications are approximate, and the manufacturer does not even mention the price. Well, let's look at the alleged characteristics of this pickup. So, the dimensions:
|Nikola Badger||Tesla Cybertruck|
|bed width, mm||1,560||1981.2|
In fact, you get a practically identical truck in size. But Cybertruck has a larger bed, which is a very good advantage, given the fact that a large number of owners need a large cargo space to transport more things or larger items.
As for the characteristics, Badger has only two configurations that differ only in the way the motors are powered.
Specs of the Nikola Badger:
Tesla presented its truck in 3 versions, which differ from each other in range, acceleration, number of motors, drive, maximum speed and price. This allows customers to choose the configuration that suits their needs, while receiving the most reasonable combination of price and performance.
General specs of the Tesla Cybertruck:
Dual Motor AWD:
Tri Motor AWD:
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