Elon Musk, the CEO and founder of the electric vehicle and clean energy company Tesla, once called Hydrogen Fuel Cells “fool cells” but he may be the one being fooled after all. And you won’t believe who Tesla is being fooled by…Nikola.
Nikola is a new hydrogen-based transportation company, that is now giving Tesla a run for their money with their new Badger Pickup truck. The Badger can generate more than 906 horsepower and can go from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. While Tesla generates 800 horsepower and takes at least 6.5 seconds to go 0-60 mph.
Hydrogen vehicles are similar to electric vehicles, using more horsepower, instant torque and zero emission fuel. But hydrogen vehicles seem to beat out the electric option in functionality. They have shorter battery charging times and longer ranges between fuel ups. While electric trucks tend to be heavier, hydrogen trucks have a weight advantage due to the lighter weight battery.
Nikola will be publicly demonstrating the Badger in September 2020 at the annual Nikola World Conference in Phoenix, AZ. But it will also be demonstrated in a reality series with Heavy-D of Discovery Channels “Diesel Brothers” highlighting the design and the prototype of the pickup truck.
The Badger may be the start of Nikola’s hydrogen powered vehicles but not the only plan they have in mind. The brand is also working on hydrogen-powered semi-trucks, releasing the first 800 models of the Nikola One model to Anheuser-Busch in 2020. The trucks have up to 1,000 horsepower and can range from 500 to 750 miles, with a 15-20 minute hydrogen fill up.
Nikola has released various electric power sport vehicles, such as jet skis and off roaders, while waiting for the trucks to be released, and they continue to work on their hydrogen fuel stations, with the plan to have over 700 fueling stations by the year 2028.
To learn more about Nikola’s Badger and Semi-trucks, Visit Nicola’s website here.
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