Camp Pendleton, California - First there was the Nikola One, a 735kW, hydrogen fuel-cell powered, long haul sleeper-cab truck. And the short-wheelbase Nikola Two - the same truck but without a bedroom.
Nikola, of course, was the first name of the Serbian-American inventor of the alternating-current electric motor who gave his surname to Elon Musk’s electric car company.
Then the Nikola Motor Company of Salt Lake City, Utah moved sideways to the NZT, an immensely powerful electric dune buggy, with up to 430kW and 980Nm on tap from a 400 volt, 125kWh battery, that can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds - and now they’ve got the attention of the US Marines.
The buggy you see here isn’t camo-wrapped to protect it from industrial espionage - it’s one of four military grade Reckless Utility Task Vehicle prototypes - which cost a whopping $85 000 (R1.025 million) each - currently on test with the Marine Corp, and camo is its proper finish.