Nikola Motor Company Shows 3,700 lb-ft Class 8 Hybrid Prototype
Company Asking $375,000 for Truck, Deliveries in 3-4 Years
It seems the automotive world has gone Tesla-crazy, with blogs, news outlets, and fanboys going crazy for any and all news related to the electric vehicle company led by CEO Elon Musk. Taking the first half of early 20th century alternating-current pioneer Nikola Tesla’s name, Salt Lake City–based Nikola Motor Company is hoping the Class-8 heavy truck market will show similar interest in its Nikola One turbine hybrid electric Class-8 truck concept, dubbed the “Nikola One.”
Unlike its fully electric passenger-car counterpart, the Nikola One employs a 536hp (400 kW) fuel-agnostic turbine generator that claims to be able to utilize diesel, gasoline or natural gas. The generator feeds power to a 320 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which in turn energize six in-wheel motors, each producing 335 hp and giving a claimed combined output of 2,000 hp and 3,700 lb-ft of torque and a claimed 86,000 lb-ft of torque after gear reduction. The all-wheel-drive system is developed by Tier-1 supplier Meritor, and the truck features independent suspension for all three axles.
The truck concept also has an autonomous fleet convoy function allowing a driver to lead up to five tractor trailers in tandem, once regulators give permission for such on-road operation. Nikola Motors claims an estimated operating cost of 20-30 cents per mile, or approximately half that of a conventional diesel Class-8 truck. The company is asking $375,000 per truck, accepting $1,500 refundable reservations, and says it plans to have production trucks on the market in 3-4 years. Sound familiar? You can get more details on the Nikola One at nikolamotor.com.
Source: Nikola Motor Company