Electric UTV Concept From Nikola Motor Has 520 HP

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.


  • Smith

    At $42,000 this is twice the price of any competitor and unlike a commercial truck, there is no pay back for the buyer, as Total Cost of Ownership is not in an off-roaders vocabulary. 520HP sounds great, but once the wheels break away, on dirt or gravel, with about 150HP, the rest of this horsepower will just help the wheels spin even faster and help you go nowhere, even faster! Try making this with 200HP of useable power and at $25,00 to $30,000 you might have a winner, but right now you just have a big looser!

  • CockneyblokefromReading

    The cost is way too much.

  • Metehan Can ÇIRAK

    Do anyone know which render program they used?

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