Nikola Motor Firm needs to be the Tesla of trucking

Nikola Motor Company wants to be the Tesla of trucking

A brand new entrant to the electrical car business referred to as Nikola Motor Firm is unabashedly driving the wave of the longer term in Tesla’s wake. Though the corporate might have copped their identify from Elon Musk’s inspiration, Nikola is taking a barely totally different course with their two deliberate electrical automobiles: a 2,000-horsepower semi-truck and a 4-seater, open-body 4×4.

The previous is creatively named the Nikola One and whereas it is not the primary electrical delivery truck, the corporate claims it could actually get 800-1,200 miles of vary from a 320 kWh battery that by no means needs to be plugged in. That feat of engineering comes courtesy of a “refined, hello-tech pure fuel turbine” that expenses the battery whereas the truck is on the street. To help all these electrical-CNG hybrid vans, Nikola plans to construct their very own community of fifty CNG stations throughout the nation. On the smaller aspect, the Nikola Zero is a 520-horsepower off-roader that the corporate says will get one hundred-one hundred fifty miles of vary from a 50 kWh battery.

However neither car has made it previous the drafting board stage at this level, and there are not any ideas constructed except for some 3D-rendered fashions on the corporate’s web site. The corporate will, nevertheless, gladly take your cash for a surprisingly affordable pre-order worth of $1,500 and $750, respectively. As CNET’s Street/present factors out, with remaining sticker costs of $375,000 for the semi-truck and $forty two,000 for the 4×4, it does not appear probably that this pre-order plan will drive sufficient capital to truly construct this stuff in the actual world. That is OK, although, even the corporate’s prolific namesake was typically susceptible to vaporware.