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Nikola Zero Electric UTV Packs 520 HP & 20-Inches of Travel

Posted in News on May 12, 2016
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Electric seems to be all the rage in pavement pounding cars these days, but what about electric power for the dirt? There as been very little, if any, development in that space, and the Nikola Moto Company is looking to change that with their Nikola Zero electric-powered UTV. We love the sound of a small motor pegging the rev limiter as we slide it around the dunes, but the specs that Nikola has for their new UTV has us wanting to go for a ride.

This four-passenger UTV gets its momentum from 400V AC motors that put out 520 hp, and with a 50 kWh battery can cover a 150 miles, it has the range to play. Horsepower isn’t the only benefit of this set up, the instant torque can launch this UTV from 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds and puts down a whopping 476 lb-ft of peak torque. Since it’s eclectic and the motor and gearbox are waterproof, it can cross deep water without the risk of hydro-locking the motor.

All that power wouldn’t be fun if it was hard to control, and the Nikola Zero has that covered too. With rear-steer (up to 10 degrees) and regenerative braking you can stay in the throttle longer and accelerate out of them faster. Since every wheel has it’s own motor that are all controlled individually, there is no terrain that can stop this UTV. If you ever do get stuck, front and rear Superwinch winches with a 3,500-pound capacity each should be able to pull you out of even the stickiest situation.

One of the most important things for an off-road vehicle to have is proper suspension that can take abuse while offering a stable and comfortable ride. The Nikola Zero has almost as much suspension travel as a trophy truck, with 20-inches front a rear and Fox 3.0 internally bypassed coilovers on all four corners, this UTV should be able to handle nearly anything you throw at it. Thirty-two-inch tires wrapped around Method beadlock wheels add to the off-road capability of this UTV, giving it an impressive 14.5-inches of ground clearance.

The interior isn’t one you would normally find in a UTV; it’s more like a Tesla made for racing. The dash is loaded with three massive screens: two at 7 inches and an enormous 10-inch one. These screens make up the digital instrument cluster and give you all the vehicle dynamics at stats you could ever need. Information including range, elevation change, battery life, and your average speed over the last 50 miles, are just some of the information readily displayed. Beard seats with four-point safety harness keep your butt firmly planted while still comfortable.

It’s electric so what about charging? Well, you have a couple options when it comes to refilling this beast: a standard 110V charger, the industry-standard J1772 car charger, or the optional Nikola high-speed generator charger. The high-speed generator can fully charge the Zero UTV in two hours – yes, two! That means you rip around all morning come back to camp, throw it on the charger, eat lunch, and head back out for another long 100 plus mile journey.

If you’re interested in getting one of these in your garage, you can put a deposit down right now at nikolamotor.com. Expected delivery is estimated between 12-18 months. We can’t wait to see how one of these does in the dunes, and when we do we’ll let you know.

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