Rise of the Super-Truck
Sleek lines, extreme performance, and environmentally responsible hybrid fuel systems are usually considered the domain of supercars or luxury vehicles. American manufacturer, the Nikola Motor Company is attempting to challenge that notion with its flagship ultra-heavy duty truck, the Nikola One. The versatility of this 2000-horsepower truck comes from its aggregation of cleaner, hybrid technologies, and superlative design principles. Powered by a 320 kWh battery that is, in turn, is powered by a clean-burning compressed natural gas power plant, the Nikola One runs at half the cost of a comparable diesel truck. Regenerative braking, expanded cabin space, and a proposed network of compressed natural gas stations are a step in making super-trucks more efficient and sustainable. As the natural-gas-powered turbines charge the battery, the truck is charged automatically without necessitating a stop, giving it a revolutionary range of more than 1,900 kilometers on a single filling of 150 liters.