Nikola has developed a new toy for the United States Marines, and we get to see the electric Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) put to work in a military test video.
The UTV manages through some pretty rough terrain with a fair amount of ease. It's built with a 14.5-inch ground clearance, and is entirely waterproof for anything deeper than that. The military is particularly interested in the vehicle, due to its ability to transfer 4 people, plus a weapon station through nearly any environment in near-silence.
It's by no means a weak vehicle. The UTV can achieve 0 to 60 in only 3 seconds. It pushes out a solid 520 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, thanks to its four electric motors powered by a 72-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. When unmanned, it only weighs about 1,900 pounds. It's capable of 800 to 1,200 miles per charge, which can be extended with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender.
The Nikola UTV is already selling out to various buyers. According to a recent update, they will be built in Arizona come 2020.
U.S. Military Tries Out Electric UTV by Nikola
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