Nikola Badger Hydrogen Ute

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The hydrogen-powered Nikola Badger ute is expected to test the market in Australia with unit reservations now open.

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Nikola founder and executive chair, Trevor Milton, tweeted about the vast interest in the brand and their goal to disrupt the trucking industry with three hydrogen-fuelled trucks and the Badger electric ute.

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The Badger is the only ute to be offered by the company which was founded in 2015.

Two models are available to pre-order. The BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) has a 300-mile (482-kilometre) range and starts from US$60,000. The FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) has a 600-mile (965-kilometre) range and starts from US$80,000.

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Nikola Badger Specs

How about specs? “The Badger will output 906HP, 980ft. lbs with 600 miles of range” said Milton. Performance figures are around 675kW/1330Nm.

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Towing Capacity is expected to be at 8000 pounds (3600kg), slightly more than the 3.5 tonnes offered by most diesel-powered Utes in Australia.

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The Badger measures 5890mm long, 2180mm wide and 1870mm high, roughly the same size as a dual-cab Ford F-150.

Badger Production ETA

“I have been working on this pick-up 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” said Milton.

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The Nikola Badger is due to be unveiled in full in September 2020 with production commencing in 2021.

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