U.S. Military Tests Nikola’s Brutal All-Electric UTV

The Nikola Zero isn’t just the first electric UTV of its kind but apparently good enough to catch the attention of none other than the U.S. military.

A bunch of U.S. marines recently had the chance to test out the all-electric UTV, presumably to see if it’s up for the task of eventually joining its fleet of combat vehicles. When equipped with camouflage and a huge gun on the roof, it certainly looks the part.

Production of the Nikola Zero electric UTV commenced in the second half of 2017 and while it doesn’t have the thunderous soundtrack of more traditional UTVs, it is more than capable from a performance standpoint.

As a matter of fact, the range-topping Zero adopts a 125 kWh battery pack and delivers 555 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. Factor in gear reduction, and that torque figure rises to 4,900 lb-ft. With four people inside, the Zero will launch to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds. As this video proves, it also has the agility to tackle extremely difficult terrain without a worry in the world.

If you were the enemy, you definitely wouldn’t want to see this thing coming your way!

  • LWOAP

    I’d take it. 35k isn’t uber expensive compared to the competition. Ok, well there really isn’t any other all electric UTV but among UTVs it’s priced competitively.

  • LeStori

    In it’s current from it looks more like a death trap than a terror.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Agreed. This looks like a really bad idea.

  • Six_Tymes

    this is cool and all, but when will someone figure out how to reduce charge times for all EV’s?

    • BATTERY SWAPS PERHAPS.

    • SteersUright

      And range! Current battery tech offers very limited range unless you want to carry a bunch of heavy batteries onboard.

  • I REMEMBER MANY YEARS AGO HEARING MORSE CODE WAS NO LONGER BEING USED BY THE MILITARY BECAUSE OF THE PREVALENCE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION. OF COARSE WE ALL KNOW ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION ISN’T 100%. THAT BEING SAID I ASSUME THE MILITARY HAS PLENTY OF REDUNDANT SYSTEMS IN PLACE.
    THERE ARE NO GAS STATIONS ONCE ON THE GROUND SO THOSE SAYING YOU CAN’T RECHARGE ON THE FLY ARE MISSING THE POINT. QUICK BATTERY SWAPS ARE NO DOUBT A PART OF THE SE-UP WITH THESE THINGS.

  • bb3

    3 questions:
    What’s the range on this bad boy?
    How do you re-charge in the field?
    How long to re-charge?

  • Harry_Wild

    It could be a completely silent vehicle to do deep recon missions for the Marine’s section of their SF unit! 2020s version of the Rat Patrol?

    • Marty

      Yep, the cool thing with that M240 isn’t the size, but that it’s remote control.
      A “huge gun” on a vehicle is at least 90 mm, not 7,62. 🙂

  • Bobby Lee

    That thing needs to ford a river of WD-40, squeak-eeeee!

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