Everyone's buzzing about these new electric trucks
IN WHAT could revolutionise the future of road transport as we know it, Nikola Motor Company has announced a massive $US2.3 billion ($AUD3.1 billion) in pre-sales for its futuristic 2000hp rig.
This news comes just a couple of months after the mysterious electric vehicle company broke onto the scene with rendered images of a high-powered electric truck.
Incredible. 2.3 billion dollars in pre-orders with deposits in one month. Press release going out. Let's change the world @elonmusk— Nikola Motor Company (@nikolamotor) June 13, 2016
The heart of the green-powered rig is its high-tech part electric, part natural gas turbine hybrid powertrain system.
The system gives the truck a range of 1,931km thanks to a 335HP electric motor on each wheel, which gives a combined 2,000HP and more than 5,016Nm of torque before gear reduction and nearly 116,600Nm after reduction.
Being electric that torque is instant, making this truck a 6X6 monster, and the ride quality is expected to be up there with the best thanks to an independent suspension system based on a Meritor setup.
The second unique feature of this truck is a cab that is so luxurious, you'd opt for it over most hotel rooms.
The cab features a full-size fridge and freezer, electric climate control, a 15-inch touch screen infotainment display, 4G LTE internet and wi-fi, a sunroof, two full-size beds, a microwave and a 42-inch TV.
The best part is, the truck's battery pack powers all of these features without the need for a separate generator, and can do so for almost a week without draining the batteries.
According to Nikola, the truck's cab increases aerodynamics and reduces drag by nearly five percent over competitors, as well as being 30% larger, which would explain how they fit so much in.
Nikola Motor Company CEO Trevor Milton says the number of orders should increase as dealers take on the Nikola One.
"We believe we will pass the current market leaders like Daimler, PACCAR, Volvo and Navistar in sales orders within the next 12-24 months," he said.
"Some of the top class 8 dealerships in America have reached out and are willing to either add our brand or move away from their existing brands."
Sneak peak.( 32,000) 18650 cells welded together = Nikola One battery system. = 320kWh mean battery pack. It's real pic.twitter.com/M32jM1H3aN— Nikola Motor Company (@nikolamotor) May 10, 2016
One of the company's most exciting initiatives is the leasing program for the Nikola One, which they say will cost $US4000 to $US5000 per month depending on the configuration required.
Nikola will shout customers the first million miles of fuel with every truck sale, offsetting 100% of the monthly lease for owners.
A press release from the company predicts that the average truck uses more than $US400,000 in fuel and racks up over $US100,000 in maintenance costs over 1,000,000 miles, saying those costs will be eliminated with the Nikola One lease.
Nikola Motor Company plans on launching the first round of trucks in December this year, but as for Australia, it isn't yet known whether the Nikola One will make it to our shores.