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SALT LAKE CITY — Nikola Pow­er­sports has an­nounced the spec­i­fi­ca­tions and de­sign for the four-seater UTV dubbed the “Nikola Zero”.

The Nikola Zero UTV is an all-elec­tric, 400-volt plug-in, off-road and po­ten­tially street ready ve­hi­cle.

Deal­er­ships in the U.S. can be­gin re­serv­ing pro­duc­tion units start­ing in Jan­uary 2018. Start­ing at $35 000, (over R460 000) the UTV will come with two per­for­mance op­tions; 301 kW or 414 kW, in both in­stances with trunk­pulling tor­rque from zero rpm.

The UTV will also have three bat­tery op­tions: 75 kWh, 100 kWh and 125 kWh, with the largest bat­tery op­tion giv­ing the Nikola Zero more bat­tery stor­age than a Tesla P100D, at a frac­tion of the price. The 125 kWh bat­tery pack­age can de­liver 200 miles of range in 4x4 on-road mode. “The Nikola Zero will be the first UTV to come with op­tional Anti-Lock Brak­ing Sys­tems (ABS), sta­bil­ity con­trol, anti-roll-over, trac­tion con­trol and torque vec­tor­ing.

“Nor­mally th­ese op­tions are re­served for high-end sports cars and not nor­mally found in UTVs. We have worked hard to make th­ese UTVs street le­gal, and in many states, you may be able to drive the Nikola Zero UTV to work,” said Trevor Mil­ton, Nikola’s CEO.

“Once you test drive the Nikola Zero, you will want to trade in your cur­rent UTV. No other com­peti­tor UTV can match the Nikola Zero’s per­for­mance.

“We are not talk­ing about a few sec­onds faster than the com­pe­ti­tion, we are talk­ing about laps faster, with speeds up to 0-60 in 3.9 sec­onds with four pas­sen­gers in­side,” added Mil­ton.

The stan­dard equip­ment pack­age is set to in­clude front and rear sus­pen­sion with 508 mm of travel, 356 cm of ground clear­ance, 32-in tyres on bead­lock wheels, elec­tric power steer­ing and LED head­lights.

Op­tions will in­clude 4x4 torque vec­tor­ing, anti-lock brakes, trac­tion con­trol, anti-roll pro­tec­tion, and front and rear 2 040 kg winches.

A stan­dard 10-inch in­fo­tain­ment dis­play will put mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol at the driver’s fin­ger­tips, and an avail­able au­dio sys­tem will add a sound­track.

A 4-kW so­lar charg­ing sys­tem will also be of­fered as an op­tion.

Op­tional fea­tures in­clude; 414 kW up­grade, street le­gal pack­age (some states), 4x4 torque vec­tor­ing sys­tem,

ABS, anti-roll pro­tec­tion, trac­tion con­trol, front and rear 4500 lb. winches, fac­tory au­dio sys­tem, 15 kW power ex­port at 110/220V, 4kW So­lar 400-volt DC Charger, LED in­te­rior light­ing, rider pro­files, front wind­shield, mir­rors, cam­eras and a four-year ex­tended war­ranty pack­age. — WR.


The Nikola Zero UTV is an all-elec­tric, 400-volt plug-in, off-road and po­ten­tially street ready ve­hi­cle.

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