With sedans, SUVs, semi trucks, and even buses being converted to run on electricity, it was only matter of time before off-road vehicles were given the same treatment. In this particular case, however, it’s an off-road vehicle with capabilities that outmatch most EVs in production and even some heavy-duty tanks.
Enter the Nikola Zero UTV (utility task vehicles) from Nikola Powersports, a vehicle that enables drivers to take their trip off-road and drive for miles without the harmful carbon dioxide emissions.
The Nikola Zero has a base price of $35,000 and currently has two models: one that has 415 horsepower and another with 555 horsepower. Both models can be equipped with a 75 kWh, 100 kWh or 125 kWh battery pack, with the final option enabling the vehicle to travel nearly 321 km (200 miles) on a single charge. Even the lesser battery capacity will still allow for a range beyond 160 km (100 miles).
Nikola elaborates on the Zero’s significant amount of horsepower and torque in their FAQ section, saying, “The advantage of the electric motor is that you only use what you need, when you need it. You are not penalized by having electric motors with greater HP and Torque.”
The FAQ goes on to explain that “The motors only take the exact amount of energy they need to perform as directed and not a kilowatt more. So when you need that extra horsepower and torque to climb a hill or tow, you have it. When you don’t need it, you don’t use it.”
If everything about the Nikola Zero makes it sound like it’d be perfect for you, you can reserve one today with a $750 deposit. They don’t go on sale until January, so expect pre-orders to be fulfilled sometime in 2018.