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GM breaks free from the Nikola Badger e-truck project

01-12-2020 15:30
General Motors has officially quit its agreement with Nikola Corporation concerning the production of the electric pickup truck Nikola Badger. This leaves the project orphaned, likely never to resume again, and the customers will be getting refunds.

General Motors has officially quit its agreement with Nikola Corporation concerning the production of the electric pickup truck Nikola Badger. This leaves the project orphaned, likely never to resume again, and the customers will be getting refunds.

The startup company showed the concept car in early 2020. It was 5,890 mm (19.32 feet) long, 2,180 mm (7.15 feet) wide and 1,870 mm (6.14 feet) tall. Its AWD powertrain was rated at 919 PS (906 hp / 676 kW) and 1,329 Nm (980 lb-ft) of torque, which should have been enough for a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) sprint in 2.9 seconds. A giant 160-kWh lithium-ion battery was paired with a fuel cell array capable of producing a further 120 kilowatt-hours, culminating in an impressive theoretical range of 966 kilometers (600 miles). The truck was rated for 3,629 kg (8,000 lbs) of towing capacity.

The contract was canceled following a long period of controversy arisen from a report by Hindenburg Research accusing Nikola of fraud. The company found that the Nikola One concept used a gas turbine generator instead of its claimed “fully functional” hybrid powertrain, and collected the pre-orders with no intent of producing cars. The startup denied all allegations, but its CEO soon left it, and many interpreted it as jumping ship.

GM says it still intends to supply Nikola with Hydrotec fuel cells needed for its Two (see video) and Tre semi models, while the matter of the Badger truck is considered closed.



Editor Andrew Raspopov
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