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PHOTO CAPTION: Computer artists concept of Nikola One Class 8 truck.

Another Electric Vehicle Company Appropriates Inventor's Name

Nikola Motor Company is working on the other ends of the EV spectrum, an all-electric utility vehicle and a monster plug-in hybrid Class 8 over-the-road truck

Published: 13-May-2016

Given their enormous torque, electric-vehicles long ago demonstrated they were up to there job of hauling or pulling heavy loads. All-electric buses were hauling passengers before the turn of the 20th century and long after electric cars faded from the scene, their work truck counterparts kept on 'truckin' well into the 1930s.

Now a new company based in Salt Lake City, UT and led by Trevor Milton, the former CEO of dHybrid Systems, has decided to pick up where those electric beer trucks and delivery vans left off by rolling out, digitally for now, a sleek (for its kind) Class 8 over-the-road truck powered by six electric motors, totaling 2,000 hp, and a 320kWh battery pack, itself charged by a gas turbine generator. Range: estimated to be 1,200 miles.

Nikola Zero UTV computer rendering

At the opposite end of the keyboard, is the Nicola Zero UTV, an all-electric off-road vehicle powered by four electric motors with a combined output equivalent to 520 hp! Range on its 50kWh battery thought to be between 100-150 miles. Acceleration is said to be a neck-snapping 0-60 in 3 seconds.

Pricing and availability hasn't yet been announced, but the company is taking a play out of Tesla Motors playbook: you can reserve a Nicola One for $1,500 and a Zero to $750. The difference, you're buying into an idea, not a tangible - at the moment - product.

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