The Nikola Motor Company made the headlines not only because it has a semi truck and electric UTV on the pipeline, but mostly because of the clear connections to another electric car company – yes, Tesla Motors.
All jokes of sharing a generic mutual DNA aside, the company seems to be on the right track – because a while ago they had two vehicles in preparation with digital sketches. Now one of those – arguably the easiest one to conceive – has been revealed in the metal. We’re talking about the interesting Zero electric UTV, which has great performance credentials and a starting price of $37,500 MSRP. For that cash you can also pre-order a Chevrolet Bolt EV, but the Zero does cater to an entirely different audience. The Salt Lake City-based start-up will start selling this zero-emissions utility task vehicle (UTV), which has a lithium-ion battery pack that has soared from the initial presentation of 50 kWh to 72 kWh, giving a range of 100 to 200 miles (161 to 322 kilometers).
There are electric motors at each wheel so you have fully independent AWD traction, with a total combined output of up to 520 horsepower (388 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 476 pound-feet (645 Newton-meters). This enables the Nikola Zero to propel itself to 60 mph (96 kph) in only three seconds – mostly because it tips the scales at 1,900 pounds (861 kilograms). With IP67 certification (waterproof) and a ground clearance of 14.5 inches (almost 37 centimeters) you can imagine how much fun can be had in rough terrain with this electric beast.