Meet the Nikola Zero 520HP Electric UTV

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Just because Elon Musk beat everyone else to the name Tesla when branding his electric powered auto company, that doesn’t mean a new electric powered UTV manufacturer was totally out of luck. Meet Nikola Motor Company (keep in mind Tesla’s first name was Nikola and it all starts to make sense); a brand that claims to building a 520HP UTV that operates on good ol electricity.

Called the Zero, this new electric side-by-side is going to clock in at a pretty hefty MSRP of $42,000 but Nikola is taking $750 deposits that knock a cool 5g’s off that price for the first 5,000 preorders.
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The spec sheet reads pretty sweet:

ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN
Engine Type 400V AC Motors
Battery Capacity 50kWh Lithium Ion Battery Pack
Transmission Single grear reduction at each wheel
Drive System Type On-Demand 4X4 or 2X4 at any speed
Engine Braking System (EBS) Baja style hubs and disc brakes with Motor Regenerative Braking
Active Descent Control Comes Standard
Cooling Biodegradeable Non-Electrically Conductive Liquid Coolant
Winches Front and Rear Superwinch. 3,500 lb Capacity Each
Steering Rack Howe 2.5 inch hydraulic
Control Arms Billet 6061-T6 aluminum Lower and Upper
Knuckle Billet 6061-T6 Aluminum
Shaft Custom high stroke CV Shaft design

SUSPENSION
Front Suspension 20″ of travel with 3.0″ FOX Podium Internal Bypass Shocks
Rear Suspension 20″ of travel with 3.0″ FOX Podium Internal Bypass Shocks
Shocks Fox Internal Bypass 3.0 Podium

BRAKES
Front/Rear Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc w Triple-Bore Front & Rear Calipers
Parking Brake Park In Transmission
TIRES / WHEELS
Front Tires 32″
Rear Tires 32″
Wheels Cast Aluminum
Wheels Method Wide-Five Bead lock
Wheel End Assembly Jamar Micro Stub

DIMENSIONS
Ground Clearance 14.5″
Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H) 163″ x 78.5″ x 74″
Payload Capacity TBD
Person Capacity 4
Wheelbase TBD
Estimated Dry Weight (pounds/kg) 1,900lbs / 862kg

FEATURES
Display Monitors (1) 10″ and (2) 7″ full color displays with optional backup camera
Cargo System Optional
Color / Graphics Custom at ordering
Electronic Power Steering Standard
Hitch Towing Rating TBD
Hitch Type Receiver that can take any ball size up to 2 5/16″
Lighting White LED, High/Low & Red LED Tail/Brake Lights
Unbraked Trailer Towing Capacity N.A.
Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tripmeter, Tachometer, Coolant Temperature, Volt Meter, Hour Meter, Service Indicator, Clock, Distance to Empty, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp Light, Seatbelt Reminder Light, 2 DC Outlets
Rear Tire Steering Standard
Solar Roof Top 600 watt
12V Battery Bank 360 Amp Hour 12V

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In case you missed it, that’s 20″ of suspension travel in the form of Fox Internal Bypass 3.0 Piggyback Shocks the front and rear. While the range is estimated at 100 to 150 miles between charges, it looks like roof-mounted solar panels will be standard to keep things popping for the 400 Volt electric drivetrain delivering over 150HP per wheel.

Plus with 80% of torque available as early as 3500 RPMs, the Nikola Zero delivers remarkable performance right out of the gate and continues delivering up to 476 ft-lbs of peak torque.
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One thing’s for certain, we’re looking very forward to a working prototype!

More information or to place your $750 deposit, head over to Nikola Motor Company’s official site.
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