An all-electric Utility Task Vehicle joins the One truck in the startup’s portfolio.
Jointly engineered with Pratt & Miller Engineering, the Nikola Zero was designed from the ground up to cope with almost every terrain. It’s powered by four 155 HP electric motors, one at each wheel, producing a combined output of 520 HP and 476 lb-ft (645 Nm) of torque and allowing it to sprint from naught to sixty (96 km/h) in around 3 seconds.
The electric motors and gearbox are IP67 waterproof, meaning that they are totally protected against dust and can withstand immersion between 15 cm (6 in) and 1 meter (39 in). Power comes from a 400-volt 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives the study an electric range of 100-150 miles (161-257 km). The battery can be recharged from a 110V outlet or a fast charger.
Nikola Motor has equipped the Zero with the “industry’s first ever fly-by-wire rear steering system”, which allows up to 10 degrees of rear steer at low speeds, up to 5 degrees of steer under 20 mph (32 km/h) and locks into straight position at speeds more than 20 mph (32 km/h). At the touch of a button, drivers can disable rear steer or switch to two-wheel drive.
Some of the features equipping the zero-emission UTV are two 300-watt solar panels on the roof, front and rear LED light bars, flood lights, two 3,500 lbs (1,588 kg) winches, ambient lights, 110V and 12V outlets, 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, two 7-inch displays, a 10-inch screen, on-board air compressor and tire inflation system.
The startup company has started taking reservations for the Nikola Zero. The off-roader has an MSRP of $42,000, but the first 5,000 pre-orders will receive a $5,000 discount that would normally be paid to dealers.