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11.25.20
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You Can Now Put Down a Reservation For This Hydrogen-Powered Pickup Truck

__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
Nikola Motors

Electric Badger

The war of the electric pickup trucks is upon us.

Tesla competitor Nikola Motors has started taking reservations for its upcoming Badger electric and hydrogen-powered pickup truck.

For $5,000 fee, customers can secure their own powerhouse truck that will eventually be competing against Tesla’s much-hyped Cybertruck.

The news caused Nikola share values to climb seven percent, Business Insider reports. The automaker, which has yet to make a single dollar in revenue, saw a massive surge in its valuation, climbing above $20 billion upon going public earlier this year — even surpassing the market values of established automakers Chrysler and Ford.

High on Hydrogen

The Badger has some striking differences with Tesla’s Cybertruck: it extends the battery capacity of a lithium battery with a hydrogen fuel cell generator, expanding its range to an advertised 600 miles — that is, if you live near one of the few hydrogen refueling stations.

Tesla isn’t quite there, but it claims the Cybertruck will be able to pass the 500-mile threshold with its batteries.

There will also be a battery-only version of the Badger truck that’ll squeeze out a respectable 300 miles per charge.

Nikola is planning to sell the Badger for anywhere between $60,000 and $90,000, depending on options.

The Cybertruck will undercut this entry-level price point by almost $20,000 when it starts rolling off the lot in late 2021, starting at just $39,900 for a less powerful single-motor variant.

According to crowdsourced estimations made in April, Tesla has received reservations for almost half a million Cybertrucks. Tesla, however, stopped announcing its own numbers back in February.

READ MORE: Nikola surges 7% as company opens up $5,000 reservations for its electric pickup truck [Business Insider]

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