Nikola Powersports and Pratt & Miller Engineering have been awarded a $5m grant by the National Center for Manufacturing Science to integrate a hydrogen fuel cell into the Nikola Reckless electric vehicle.
The off-road vehicle is Nikola’s Reckless OHV is an off-road vehicle that is totally electric and can go from 0 to 100 kilometres-per-hour in just over three seconds.
The research project lasts for 32 weeks and starts immediately.
Andrew Christian, Nikola’s vice president of defense, Nikola Powersports, said “For the first time this allows Nikola, in collaboration with Pratt & Miller Engineering, the opportunity to integrate hydrogen fuel cell technology in an electric off-road vehicle. This is truly a groundbreaking effort in our quest to have a zero-emission future.”
Matt Carroll, Pratt & Miller CEO, said “Using Nikola Reckless OHV to serve as the base platform for fuel cell integration is a real advantage for us because Pratt & Miller developed and built the initial prototypes for Nikola. Having that history with the platform will allow us to deliver a high performance, zero-emission vehicle that far surpasses retrofitted legacy platforms.”
Nikola Powersports is a division of Nikola Motor Company.