Nikola Motor launches its all-electric UTV with up to 150 miles of range Nikola Motor, a Utah-based EV startup, best known for their hydrogen fuel cell electric truck, launched their all-electric UTV with up to 150 miles of range this week. Last month, I had the opportunity to be among the first people to experience their prototype for the new off-road electric vehicle and I came out of the experience fairly impressed.
You can read my report here: ‘We tested an insane electric UTV with more energy capacity than even the most powerful Tesla’
But this week, Nikola Motor, or more specifically its sports division ‘Nikola Powersports’, officially launched the Nikola Zero UTV, which has been renamed ‘NZT’.
The prototype that we tested didn’t have any body panels, but the company has now released a bunch of new images showing off the final design. We could only share a few pictures of our experience with the vehicle in the desert in Utah and couldn’t do justice to the ability of the vehicle to conquer the impressive terrain in the Utah desert. With the launch this week, Nikola released a cinematic video filmed at the same location that should give you a little better idea of the capabilities of the electric UTV.
The company has also worked out the lineup of NZT variants that will be offered: “Nikola has expanded the NZT lineup to include four models; NZT 440, NZT 352, NZT 280 and NZT 198. The numbers represent the kW output of the UTV, with the NZT 198 starting at only $28,900 and coming in at 2,300 lbs.” The different versions are based on the number of motors and the capacity of the battery: 75kWh, 100kWh and 125kWh. We tested the top-of-the-line version with 4 motors and the highest capacity battery pack, which was actually 107 kWh for the prototype.
Last month, Trevor Milton, founder and CEO of Nikola Motor Company, told us that the fully equipped NZT will cost closer to $55,000. He commented on the launch yesterday: “With 0-60 mph in the three-second range, the Nikola NZT is the most powerful production UTV ever built. It outperforms many high-end sports cars and comes with features like electric power steering, 33” tires, 20” of wheel travel, anti-lock brakes, stability control, anti-rollover, traction control and torque vectoring. Once you drive one, you will sell every gas-powered UTV you have and join team Nikola.”
Nikola was already taking reservations since announcing the vehicle last year, but the company now says that they are reimbursing all the deposits and taking reservations again but without any required deposit. They expect to start production “in the fourth quarter of 2018 with deliveries to dealerships for Spring 2019 sales.”
By Dan B
If any of Joyner owners are out and about, could you please let me know what your engine RPMs vs Vehcile speed is when you're in 5th gear? My Renegade sounds like it's wound up real tight when traveling. For instance, I get about 10 mph per 1,000 RPMs while in 5th gear (45 mph = 4500 RPMs). Is that normal? I'm used to lower RPMs. Other ATVs & UTVs running round my neighborhood that sound like their engine RPMs aren't that high.
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<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qdxag0pZswE/V83dD9GHWjI/AAAAAAAARNc/RcR3LDQxHV8K-GipVgl1W-D1cuDB9PuoQCLcB/s1600/CageWrx-cage-1.jpg"imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Polaris RZR XP 1000" border="0" height="266" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qdxag0pZswE/V83dD9GHWjI/AAAAAAAARNc/RcR3LDQxHV8K-GipVgl1W-D1cuDB9PuoQCLcB/s400/CageWrx-cage-1.jpg" title="Polaris RZR XP 1000" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption">Polaris RZR XP 1000</td></tr></tbody></table>CageWrx (cage-works) is a Southern California manufacturer of UTV aftermarket products. Their mission is to provide extremely high quality UTV components at competitive prices. A user-friendly brand with the idea of bringing race inspired UTV products to the market they are dedicated to delivering products that provide customers with the best experiences. The company specializes in roll cages, roofs, windshields, bumper kits, suspension components, tire jacks, tire carriers, and accessories for the popular UTV models such as the Polaris RZR and Yamaha YXZ. Founded by Chad Ragland and Danny Gormican, their unique approach has quickly impacted the industry and established the company as the go-to leaders in the market space. CageWrx brings proven off-road race technology and performance parts to UTVs while simultaneously providing fabricators, retailers and customers âdo it yourselfâ and completed solutions in the aftermarket product arena.<br /><br />CageWrx is extremely proud to introduce their third roll cage design for the Polaris RZR XP 1000. Following the tremendous success of the Race Cage and Super Shorty, CageWrx is now offering the Baja Spec UTV roll cage. The companyâs first âflat roofâ design, the Baja Spec filled a gap for UTV racers and enthusiasts who prefer a flat roof profile on their UTV. The Baja Spec is also the first UTV roll cage from CageWrx to come with 1.75â diameter main tubes and 1.5â diameter internal tubes, all .095â wall thickness, allowing this roll cage to meet stringent rule requirements set by SCORE Internationalâ¢ and Best in the Desert. While the Baja Spec is a perfect cage for racers looking for an affordable quality roll cage solution, it also has mass appeal to the UTV market looking for a non-radius roof line design. The Baja Spec roll cage for the Polaris RZR is available as a knock-down or do-it-yourself kit and as a fully assembled roll cage including roof. CageWrx offers global shipping for both options. Like all CageWrx roll cages, the Baja Spec is designed for safety and strength. High quality material, engineered CAD models, and precision machinery all work in harmony to produce the Baja Spec UTV roll cage.<div><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tUZZx2S8GKo/V83dTDtMaBI/AAAAAAAARNg/YvpaoPtIOzcmFV0dbPc_GcUmIcf_Q8aLQCLcB/s1600/CageWrx-cage-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Polaris RZR XP 1000" border="0" height="266" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tUZZx2S8GKo/V83dTDtMaBI/AAAAAAAARNg/YvpaoPtIOzcmFV0dbPc_GcUmIcf_Q8aLQCLcB/s400/CageWrx-cage-2.jpg" title="Polaris RZR XP 1000" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption">Polaris RZR XP 1000</td></tr></tbody></table><div><b>About the owners and Company:</b> Chad Ragland has competed in many forms of racing and his competitive drive has helped him launch and run several successful businesses. When Chad started racing UTVs he got the idea to develop parts when he started modifying his own Polaris RZR XP1000. Chad quickly realized the machines had real performance potential by applying race-worthy parts. He wanted to apply the principles of custom Trophy Truck designs to his RZR. Back in 2007, Chad was running a Trophy Truck team and it was there that he first met Danny Gormican. Danny has designed and fabricated for top desert racing teams as well as vehicle aftermarket products. Both are off-road enthusiasts and motorcycle riders and it was a natural progression for them to embrace the new SXS that arrived on the market. They both enjoyed their new vehicles but saw a need in the market for something more. By combining their individual expertise from the Professional Motorsports industry CageWrx was born. Originally their focus was on the racing performance aspect but they quickly realized there was a bigger demand.<br /><br />CageWrx is able to engineer and manufacture high quality products based on their extensive knowledge in Professional Motorsports. They are recognized as a superior and innovative parts provider in the UTV aftermarket. All of their products are engineered to the highest standards using machinery and automated processes to maintain quality. By leveraging very sophisticated machinery - products are 100% CNC laser cut - and running production in large volume they are able to provide exceptional value to the customer. Ready to weld kits make it possible to put together in your own garage or by your local fabrication shop in a matter of hours. They also have a great Dealer Program in place offering new business opportunities and promoting growth in the UTV segment of the market.<br /><br />For more information about CageWrx, visit <a href="http://www.cagewrx.com/">www.cagewrx.com</a><br /><br /> Located in Perris, CA, CageWrx brings race inspired and proven aftermarket accessories to the UTV market while empowering DIY solutions for fabricators, retailers and UTV owners. Products include UTV roll cages, roofs, windshields, bumpers, tire carrier and suspension components.<hr />Follow us on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/UTVGuide">www.facebook.com/UTVGuide</a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UtvIndustryNews/~4/ibf4t3pjcPo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Murray Racing put their No. 2927 Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R
side-by-side on the BITD podium with a UTV Unlimited Pro class victory.Valcourt, Quebec/Canada, August 21, 2016 â Can-Am / Murray Racing pilot Jason Murray piloted the brand new Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle to the UTV Unlimited Pro class victory at the 2016 Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno race in Las Vegas, Nev. The all-new, bold Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R side-by-side vehicle won its debut race just four short days after its worldwide unveiling in Orlando, Fla.
Can-Am Maverick X3 X rsâItâs impressive to earn such a defining victory in our first official race with the new Maverick X3. The Murray Racing team was outstanding in the Nevada desert and their class victories continue to prove Can-Am is a clear leader in performance side-by-side vehicles,â said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. âOur BITD racing teams started with the most race-ready platform in history, with the Can-Am Maverick X3. Although they added the necessary safety and racing equipment, the new X3 race builds remained mostly stock.â
Can-Am Maverick X3 X rsThe Murray Racing brothers Jason and Derek Murray competed in two different classes in two different Can-Am Maverick turbo vehicles. Jason Murray drove the No. 2927 Can-Am Maverick X3, while his brother Derek piloted the No. 917 Maverick MAX Turbo. Jason earned a statement-making victory with the all-new Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle in its first official race. Derek drove his Maverick to victory in the Turbo Pro Production class and a third-place overall amongst all UTV classes. The Can-Am / Murray Racing teams outlasted 60-some other entrants and 650 miles of brutal desert terrain to stand atop the podium in two separate classes at the Vegas To Reno race, which BITD calls âthe longest off-road race in the United States.â ]
No. 917 Maverick MAX TurboâThe new Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle is simply amazing and the closest thing to a race-ready vehicle from a major manufacturer,â said Jason Murray, after his BITD win. âWe are so excited to have finished Vegas to Reno after 650 miles in the new Can-Am Off-Road Maverick X3 in its first race. To top that off, we scored two huge first-in-class victories.â The Murray brothers lightly modified their Maverick X3 X rs vehicle with a Lonestar Racing cage, doors and bumpers and necessary safety equipment required by the BITD. S3 Racing, Dustin Jones and Shane Dowden, also competed in the BITD race. They added an S3 cage, doors and bumpers and the required safety equipment. However, both of the Maverick X3 racing vehicles remained mostly stock by using the factory-equipped driveline, FOX shocks, suspension arms, 154-hp Rotax ACE triple-cylinder engine, QRS-X CVT, steering componentry and differentials.
BRP (TSX:DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UTVGuide
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