The Nikola Zero fully electric UTV is finally ready to buzz through the trails and hum across sand dunes to the tune of 555 hp. Nikola Motors, also responsible for dreaming up the world’s first electric semi-trucks, has confirmed the specifications for the four-passenger electric UTV, which will be available to dealerships starting January 2018.
If the idea of an electric off-road machine isn’t surprising enough, the specs certainly are. The performance options not only include a 555hp engine, but also a brain-twisting 4,900 lb-ft of torque. This is possible thanks to the instant power delivery of the electric motors at each wheel combined with gear reductions. These performance upgrades get the UTV up to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. These numbers make the Nikola Zero comparable to Tesla’s electric Model 3 not only in speed, but also in price—the Nikola Zero also begins at $35,000.
Justifying that hefty price tag, Nikola makes sure the Zero can stand up next to its fuel-injected competitors with more suspension travel than the Polaris RZR—20 inches in the front and rear, compared to 16 inches for the RZR. The Zero comes from the showroom with 32-inch tires, a pre-installed winch, and LED lightbars.
Still not sold on the electric off-roader? Nikola flat-out guarantees customers will never again be sidelined by a failed belt—because the Zero does not have them. Instead of belts, geared motors at each wheel lay down instantaneous power and maintain a lower center of gravity, keeping the rubber side down as you rip through that next berm.
Nikola also reminds us that the Zero does not require air to operate. Though the company cannot officially condone this activity, the IP67-rated vehicle can allegedly be 100% submerged in mud or water and drive out the other side, no fears of hydrolock.
As far as where to charge the battery-powered buggy, Nikola claims the Zero can carry four passengers up to 200 miles on a charge with an optional 125 kWh battery, which can be recharged at any 400-, 240-, or 110-volt outlet. The onboard accessories draw juice from the rooftop solar panel.
If this article has you “charged up” about owning an electric UTV, the Nikola Zero can be reserved for $750.