Nikola Division Readies All-Electric UTV for Delivery


Nikola Powersports, a division of Nikola Motor Co., which designs and manufactures electric vehicles, vehicle components, energy storage systems and electric vehicle drivetrains, has finalized the specifications and design for the four-seater utility task vehicle (UTV) dubbed the “Nikola Zero.”

According to the company, the Nikola Zero UTV is an all-electric, 400 V plug-in, on-road and potentially street-ready vehicle.

Dealerships can begin reserving production units starting in January 2018.

Starting at $35,000, the UTV will come with two performance options: 415 HP and 3,675 lbs of torque and 555 HP and 4,900 lbs of torque.

The UTV will also have three battery options: 75 kWh, 100 kWh and 125 kWh, with the largest battery option giving the Nikola Zero more battery storage than a Tesla P100D at a fraction of the price, the company asserts. The 125 kWh battery package can deliver 200 miles of range in 4×4 on-road mode.

“The Nikola Zero will be the first UTV to come with optional anti-lock braking systems, stability control, anti-rollover, traction control and torque vectoring. Normally, these options are reserved for high-end sports cars and not normally found in UTVs. We have worked hard to make these UTVs street legal, and in many states, you may be able to drive the Nikola Zero UTV to work,” says Trevor Milton, Nikola’s CEO.

“Once you test drive the Nikola Zero, you will want to trade in your current UTV. No other competitor UTV can match the Nikola Zero’s performance. We are not talking about a few seconds faster than the competition – we are talking about laps faster, with speeds up to 0-60 in 3.9 seconds with four passengers inside,” adds Milton.

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