Nikola’s off-road EV is a high-tech speed demon

Nikola Motors is a new company that is developing large electric platforms, but is also channeling some of that knowledge into a fast and futuristic vehicle that non-truckers might want to drive called NZT. Debuted at an event in Arizona on Tuesday night next to those large platforms and a water bike, the NZT is a four-wheeled vehicle with a modern buggy that is built to get off the road. Nikola hopes to differentiate it by offering some of the typical comforts of road cars, as well as amazing power, with an initial price of $ 80,000 to match when it goes into production in 2021.

The NZT (meaning zero zero toll ", a nod to your lack of emissions, you should approach trails and hills with ease thanks to the 35-inch tires and one engine on each wheel, but the drivers will not have to get dirty or sweat on the road.The cabin can be completely sealed of the elements and has an HVAC system to heat or cool their units.The NZT also has a group of instruments of 7 inches and a screen oriented to portraits of 13 inches on the board (both waterproof IP68) that is can update through software updates by air.With this amount of technology, it would be easy to confuse the interior of the NZT with a small Tesla.


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Photo by Sean O & # 39; Kane / The Verge [19659004] Having said that, with up to 590 horsepower on offer, it's hard to imagine that owners pay much attention to screens during desert tours. Nikola says the NZT will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds, and apparently the owners can also take that supercar speed pretty far. The NZT will travel up to 150 miles on a full battery thanks to a thick 125 kWh package, according to Nikola's website. In addition to that, it has a towing capacity of 3,000 pounds, and can spend 30 minutes in up to one meter of water.

Those are big claims, especially on the battery side. The most expensive Teslas have battery packs with 100kWh capacity, and most other EVs currently in production offer less than that. How Nikola plans to put as much battery capacity in such a small package is a question we will try to answer while we are here in Arizona. (However, the price of the sticker, the huge weight of 5250 pounds and the production date of 2021 offer some clues).


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One reason to believe in these bold claims is that NZT Nikola showed that Tuesday night was the culmination of years of work. The company has repeatedly launched prototypes of its all-terrain vehicle, and the NZT turns out to be the version that the company decided to try to bring to the market. Nikola is also developing a similar off-road electric vehicle for military purposes. One large amount of work was devoted to the design and engineering of this vehicle.

The price of the NZT will be a major barrier, but that is part of the plan to begin with. Nikola executives said at a press conference after Tuesday night's event that the big business of the company will be the large electric platforms. No wonder, considering that the start-up already has billions of dollars in commitments for those trucks of companies like Anheuser-Busch. Like the other product more direct to the consumer that Nikola announced in Arizona, the Wav electric personal watercraft, the NZT will exist outside the business of the startup.


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