One automotive startup is getting ready to change freight transportation with their new electric big rig, the Nikola One.
Nikola Motor Company claims the Nikola One has several advantages to diesel big rigs, like zero emissions, zero idle, and half the operating cost.
They are currently taking orders for the vehicle, and will debut a working prototype on Dec. 2 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Nikola One has an impressive 2,000 HP electric motor that's charged by a natural-gas powered turbine. A 320-kilowatt battery pack, similar to the batteries used in Tesla cars, stores the motor's energy. The gas-powered turbine continually recharges the battery pack, so it doesn't die out on long hauls or big hills.
According to stats on the company's webpage, the Nikola One's motor has three times more horsepower than diesel, nearly twice the gas mileage, and improved braking speeds and acceleration times. Plus, it burns cleaner fuel.
The company is offering the first 25,000 pre-orders free gas at any of Nikola's 20 nationwide stations for the first 1 million miles. Not a bad deal.
We're not sure yet when the Nikola One hits the highways, but stayed tuned. This big rig could change the game.