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Nikola Will Now Take Your Money for Its Badger Electric Pickup!

Preorders have opened for Nikola Corporation's new EV truck.

Would-be Nikola customers can now slap down money to preorder the company's forthcoming Badger electric pickup truck, which is slated to be available—someday—in hydrogen FCEV (fuel-cell electric vehicle) or BEV (battery-electric vehicle) forms. We're told that the futuristic hydrogen-electric truck touts some pretty impressive (yet seemingly still theoretical) stats: 906 peak horsepower and 455 continuous horsepower; 980 lb-ft of torque; an estimated 600-mile range (blended FCEV/BEV) or 300 miles (BEV); 15-kilowatt power export ability with 220V and 110V; an electric-only zero-to-60-mph time of approximately 2.9 seconds; and a towing capacity of more than 8,000 pounds. Of course, we'll gladly buy into the numbers once we get behind the wheel for ourselves, but if the promises are remotely accurate, a deposit might end up being a wise decision.

Nikola Badger preorder reservation holders who commit before November 15, 2020, will receive a few perks, including a guaranteed seat at the Badger debut at Nikola World 2020 (currently scheduled for December 3-5 in Phoenix, Arizona), a chance to outright win a Badger during Nikola World, a match of their deposit, and up to $5,000 off the final purchase price. Preorder reservation holders will also be invited to a kick-off party, a live concert, to see products from Nikola Powersports (like the NZT, Reckless, and WAV), and "a few planned surprises" during Nikola World 2020—in addition to the EV truck's unveiling and limited ride-alongs, which is arguably the whole point of it all.

For all-in followers whose hopes fall in the Nikola camp (in contrast to the Tesla, Rivian, Bollinger, or Lordstown loyals)—or for those with disposable cash who are simply down for a guaranteed invite to party in early December—this preorder opportunity is for you. The cautiously optimistic can decide how to proceed after the Nikola Badger makes its first official appearance at Nikola World 2020. And lastly, the pessimistic fun-sponge can wait until consistent manufacturing results in real-life Badgers popping up on construction jobs and at campsites.