Over 7 000 American truckers have rushed to order the incredible Nikola 1 jet-electric truck.
Working prototype of incredible, hybrid jet-turbine-electric truck to be ready on December 2
AFTER all the sceptics, Wheels included, basically reacted with “let the buyer beware” when Nikola Motor Company announced its incredible, hybrid jet-turbine-electric truck for free to the first 5 000 buyers, founder Trevor Milton has now announced a working prototype will be ready on December 2.
Well over 7 000 American truckers did not share the sceptics’ reservations, instead giving Milton over $2,3 billion (R33 billion) in refundable deposits to be among the first 5 000 to get his million mile free fuel offer.
Not that the Nikola 1 will use a lot of fuel if and when it gets built. Like the drivetrain of the Wrightspeed trucks, Milton said the Nikola 1 will use a turbine that runs on any combustible fluid or gas, but uses very little of it to keep the electric truck’s batteries charged.
“Our technology is 10-15 years ahead of any other Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in fuel efficiencies, MPG and emissions,” Milton said. “We are the only OEM to have a near zero emission truck [that can] still out-perform diesel trucks running at 36 tons. To have over 7 000 reservations totalling more than $2,3 billion, with five months remaining until our unveiling ceremony, is unprecedented,” said Milton.
What makes Milton a visionary is that he is not selling a truck, but transport as a service through the Nikola 1 truck leasing programme.
The truck is currently listed for $375 000 (R5,9 million), but for $4 000 to $5 000 per month, depending on which truck configuration and options the customer chooses, the Nikola 1 driver can look forward to saving over $400 000 in diesel that the average truck burns, plus over $100 000 in maintenance costs over 1,6 million kilometres or 1 000 000 miles.
Milton predicted Nikola 1 will see more sales orders than the current market leaders like Daimler, Paccar, Volvo and Navistar by 2018, adding some of the top truck dealers in the U.S. have already called to add the Nikola 1 to their stable or move away from their existing brands.
“Just imagine the orders that will come in once we begin taking dealer applications.
“We have shown other OEMs and their shareholders why they should be nervous about Nikola Motor Company,” said Milton.
With $2,3 billion in hand, Nikola Motor Company has already completed a seed round of funding and is next working on raising $300 million by December 2016, when it promises to have at least one truck that the sceptics can see on the road.
The Nikola 1 truck still exists only as a screen saver, but over 7 000 American truckers believe the incredible electric trucks will become credible by December.