General Motors really are betting big with electric vehicles. They announced the Cadillac Lyriq a couple of months back, teased us with the Hummer a while ago, and now this. Their most recent partnership helps bring to life the Nikola Badger. That super truck that we could not get enough of will surely roll on to the roads with the help of GM’s Ultium battery system and Hydrotec fuel cell technology. All for a cost of $2bn in Nikola stock.
General Motors’ battery development work is ongoing. Its Ultium battery technology roadmap includes silicon anodes and lithium metal anodes, which will improve vehicle range, affordability, and reduced dependence on rare and costly metals. It is already demonstrating automotive-grade durability and significantly higher energy density.
The production model will feature familiar components, as they will be sharing the plant of a current OEM that will provide certified parts and assembly at their facilities.
The Nikola Badger will makes its first physical appearance at Nikola World 2020 in Phoenix, USA. I’m going to say it, for the love of everything, please invite us to attend!
Nikola will be responsible for the sales and marketing and will retain the Nikola Badger brand. Production is expected to start in late 2022 at a location to be announced at a later date.
Though GM is carrying Nikola across the finish line, Nikola remains an independent company.