Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we have received. They are organized alphabetically by category, not in order of relevance.
Q: What is the warranty on the battery pack?
A: Each battery pack is warrantied for the two years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Most packs last well over the life of an average UTV. Upgraded warranties will be available for the battery pack.
Q: What is the size of the battery pack for the Nikola NZT™?
A: The Nikola NZT™ can be ordered with a 75 kWh, 100 kWh or 125 kWh battery pack.
Q: What kind of cells are in the battery packs?
A: The Nikola NZT™ battery pack has 21mm x 70mm (21700) lithium-ion cells. There are several top manufactures of these cells, and we are still deciding which brand of lithium ion cell will be used based on which will provide the best performance. Once we have chosen a manufacturer, we will make an announcement.
Q: How much does the battery pack weigh?
A: The weight of the battery pack will depend on the final size of the production model battery pack. The pack ranges from 500 pounds to 1,500 pounds depending on which size you choose.
Q: Is the battery pack weatherproof? Will it erode due to harsh or extreme conditions?
A: Each battery pack is IP-67 rated, which means it can withstand being submerged in water without causing damage. The battery pack will be tested under the harshest conditions to ensure suitability in extreme climates even when being blasted with water, mud and road salt.
Q: How far can the Nikola NZT™ travel on batteries pack alone?
A: Each Nikola NZT™ can travel around 90 - 150 miles at full battery level, depending on how hard you push it and the terrain you are in. We have seen some situations on roads where you can pass well over 200 miles on a charge.
Q: How much does the Nikola NZT™ cost?
A: There are multiple Nikola NZT™ options starting at $28,900. Upgraded models can reach $45,900 before additional options or accessories.
Q: Does my Nikola NZT™ qualify for Electric Vehicle credits?
A: Until we go through full vehicle crash testing that are required on cars, they will not qualify. There may be states that allow a street legal Nikola NZT™ to qualify. Consult your accountant and DOT.
Q: Will Nikola Powersports™ have dealerships?
A: Yes. We are currently building out a nation wide powersports dealership network. Each dealer will handle sales, service, and warranties. Interested in becoming a dealer? Contact us today.
Q: How can I apply for a Nikola™ Dealership?
A: We will be offering franchised dealerships. If you would like additional information when it is available, please submit your information here.
Q: How does electric driving work? Are there any gears or a clutch?
A: There is no clutch or belt drive with the Nikola NZT™. You have an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal, that’s all.
Q: How is the torque compared to a traditional UTV?
A: With an electric motor at each wheel, you get a unique 4x4 experience with full torque nearly the entire time. This means you do not have to hit a certain RPM to get the optimal torque. That's a feature you can only dream about with a gas version.
Q: What noises will I hear from the electric motors?
A: The Nikola NZT™ is nearly silent. The only noise you hear are the gear reductions, radiator fans, and occasionally cooling pumps.
Q: What about braking?
A: The Nikola NZT™ uses the electric motors to do most of the braking, which charges the batteries at the same time. The electric motors can be reversed to slow you down much faster while remaining nearly 100% silent. Say good-bye to tiny brakes. When needed, the massive 14” disc brakes will kick in to assist the motors. This will extend the life of your disc brakes by nearly 3-4x and give you almost double the stopping power. This is yet another safety feature offered by the Nikola NZT™ UTV.
Q: How often do I need to re charge?
A: The Nikola NZT™ has a 90 - 150-mile range.
Q: Can you charge with solar panels?
A: Yes. Our DC to DC charger has a 4kW solar input at 48V. If you have panels, you can charge your UTV with the sun. It will give you about 30-40 miles per day of charging at 4kW solar input. Assuming you have good solar hours in your area.
Q: How do I charge?
A: There are five ways to charge your Nikola NZT™. A 110V outlet, solar panels, a vehicle charger (J1772), a DC fast charger, or a generator.
Q: How long does it take to charge?
A: The DC fast charger can charge from empty to full in 3 hours. The J1772 standard vehicle charger can charge at a rate of 15kW each hour. Or your 110V outlet can charge in about 24 hours.
Q: What is the horsepower and torque?
A: Models range from 266 HP all the way up to 590 HP. Torque ranges from 412 ft. lbs. up to 722 ft., before gear reduction. After the reduction at the wheel hub, the torque can peak at 9,386 ft. lbs.
Q: Why so much horsepower and torque?
A: The advantage of the electric motor is that you only use what you need, when you need it. You are not penalized by having electric motors with greater HP and Torque. The motors only take the exact amount of energy they need to perform as directed and not a kilowatt more. So, when you need that extra horsepower and torque to climb a hill or tow, you have it.
Q: Will you offer a smaller horsepower and torque package?
A: Yes. We now offer a smaller version starting at only 2,300 lbs. and 266 HP.
Q: What features are included in the Nikola NZT™ interior?
A: Each Nikola NZT™ will have a state of the art interior, providing comforts never offered before on production models. Here are some of the options we plan to offer;
Q: What configurations will Nikola™ offer?
A: The Nikola NZT™ currently comes in a 4-seat configuration. A 2-seat option will be available in the future.
Q: Does Nikola Powersports™ plan to enter other vehicle markets?
A: Yes, we are always exploring how to expand. Currently we are focused on the UTV and PWC market.
Q: How do I order a Nikola NZT™ UTV? Is a down payment required?
A: You can place a reservation for a Nikola NZT™ UTV for $0.00 by clicking any of the Reserve buttons or links throughout this website. Simply create a Nikola™ account with your contact information. From there you can change your configuration at any time, so don't worry if you choose the wrong options. Anticipate a call within the next 9-12 months to complete your order. At that time, you can choose to either cancel your order or provide payment / financing details.
Your Nikola NZT™ will be custom built at our factory and delivered to the closest Nikola dealership to you. You will also be able to login to your account and get updates on when the vehicle will be available. Pricing can vary depending on the features you choose when you fill out your final order form. Nikola Powersports™ may contact you for more information or to verify your deposit if we see a reason to. We also reserve the right to cancel, modify or change delivery orders at any time. Please see full terms and conditions for more information. Once you place an order, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Within the next 30 days, we will email you with directions to log in, set delivery preferences, and add additional notes to your profile. Your Delivery Experience Specialist will contact you once Nikola Powersports™ is ready to send you the final order form. That specialist will also be added to your profile for any questions you may have. If you experience any difficulties in your reservation process, please contact us.
Q: What does my reservation get me?
A reservation for a Nikola NZT™ saves you a place in line to be one of the first to receive a Nikola NZT™. Reservations will be filled in the order they are received and continue to come in daily. The sooner you reserve your Nikola NZT™ the sooner you will receive it once deliveries begin.
Q: How long until I get my Nikola NZT™ once I place a reservation?
A: We plan to begin delivering the UTV's in the first quarter of 2019. Due to high demand, the quicker you place a reservation, the faster you can get your Nikola NZT™.
Q: What about taxes and credits?
Buyer is responsible for state, federal and any other taxes associated with the purchase. These will be outlined to you in the final order form along with financing options, payment options and other information. There are state and federal credits that apply towards electric or hybrid vehicles. Check with your accountant to see if you qualify. 30-60 days before your Nikola NZT™ enters production you will be assigned a vehicle identification number (VIN). This number is often required by insurance companies and financing banks.
Q: How will registration work?
In most cases your dealership will supply the information to the DMV to finalize your registration and title. Sales tax and registration fees will be collected as part of final payment. In some cases, your Nikola NZT™ will be considered an out-of-state purchase. Your Delivery Experience Specialist will let you know if this applies to you and provide you with the necessary documents to self-register your Nikola NZT™. Your dealership will normally issue a temporary tag so you can legally drive your Nikola NZT™ off-road as soon as you take delivery. Depending on your payment type, you can register your Nikola NZT™ to your business, a trust, or up to two registrants. We'll make sure your registration documents reflect this selection. If you plan to finance your Nikola NZT™, your registration and financing documents must match. All registrants must be present at delivery to sign.
Q: How will the final payment be processed?
You will finalize the payment with your dealership. They will collect all tax, tile, license and vehicle sale price necessary.
Q: Will software updates be available?
Nikola™ vehicles regularly receives over-the-air software updates that add new functionality and features. When an update is available, you'll be notified on the center display with an option to install immediately, or schedule the installation for a later time. The average software update takes 1-2 hours to complete.
Q: Is my Nikola NZT™ street legal?
A: The Nikola NZT™ comes with most everything you need to get your Nikola NZT™ on the road (this varies state by state), including; mirrors, fenders, lights, horn, turn signals and optional windshield and wiper assembly. You will want to check with your local DMV to see if they allow UTV's to be street legal. We currently do not provide a street legal UTV and you are required to acknowledge that it is to be used for off-road purposes only.
Q: What fuel does the engine or turbine run on?
A: The Nikola NZT™ has no internal combustion engine or turbine, therefore does not run on fuel. It runs on electricity.
Q: What does the warranty and scheduled maintenance program look like?
A: We will announce exact details of these programs before final ordering. For now, while it may change some, our goal is to provide all Nikola NZT™ orders with warranty and service coverage through the entire United States and Canada. We will have dealership networks ready to go and service you once you take delivery.
Q: What is the service network going to look like? Where can I get my Nikola NZT™ serviced?
A: We will provide more details on this as we approach delivery of the UTV's. We will have a map of all states and their locations.