US-based Nikola Motor is building electric trucks, but with the all-electric Nikola NZT buggy, the manufacturer looks set to make a serious move into the all-terrain vehicle market.
The new SUV is simply a giant of speed: from 0 to 100 km / h, the buggy accelerates in 3.5 seconds – faster than a Porsche. Thanks to all-wheel drive, it is ideal for off-road use and can easily cover almost 250 kilometers on electricity alone. The battery power of up to 125 kilowatt-hours is especially striking. Thanks to such indicators, the buggy with a capacity of 578 horsepower surpasses even Tesla.
The Nikola NZT will also be available in a water-resistant version, which should be available in North America from 2019. In addition to the 125 kWh battery model (depending on equipment, the price is about $50,000), the company is going to release less expensive models from 75 kWh for $28,900. Rollover protection and anti-lock system are standard.
A small fly in the ointment: It may take up to 18 hours to fully charge the battery. But at the same time, the buggy comes with a solar battery, with which it can also be charged. Accordingly, it does not depend on the local power supply system.
The US Army has already test-driven a dedicated Nikola Reckless UTV, equipped with the world’s largest battery and IR and night vision connectivity. With the help of a joystick, soldiers can even control a machine gun. If the military chooses the coolest option, then it will be possible to install light grenade launchers and anti-tank guided missiles on it.
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