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Tesla Motors is no longer the only company out there named after inventor Nikola Tesla. But Nikola (pronounced Neek-oh-la) Motors has a very different product line in mind. The Nikola One is a 2,000-horsepower electric semi truck that uses a natural gas turbine as an onboard generator.

While the truck was only announced last month and Nikola has yet to even show a prototype, it's apparently garnering quite a bit of interest. Nikola already has 7,000 pre-orders, according to the company, and each customer is said to have placed a $1,500 deposit. The truck will carry a base price of $375,000 when production actually starts.

The Nikola One boasts six electric motors, which produce the aforementioned 2,000 hp, along with 3,700 lb-ft of torque. A 2-speed automatic transmission helps put that power to the wheels, with the motors fed by a massive 320-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Electricity comes from the turbine and regenerative braking; unlike other electric vehicles, you can't plug this one in.

The turbine can run on a variety of fuels, but Nikola will equip all trucks to run on natural gas. With a full 150-gallon tank, it claims the Nikola One can travel 1,200 miles between fill-ups. Nikola also claims operating costs will be half those of conventional diesel semi trucks.

Natural gas stations aren't exactly common, but Nikola does plan to build 50 of them to support its truck. The first 5,000 reservations come with 100,000 gallons of free natural gas, which might explain why those slots were filled so quickly. Nikola says it will reimburse customers for fuel they buy outside of its network.

A "working prototype" of the Nikola One will be unveiled December 2.


    • DikoMan

      3 years later, where is the truck? Where are the fueling stations? Not even one has been built?

      about 16 days ago
    • El Okim
      El Okim

      drivers eventually will become obsolete so this technology that revolves around driver comfort will be obsolete . Trailers will drive themselves,

      about 4 months ago
    • SweetChickBee

      4000 hp means nothing, torque is what matters.

      about 7 months ago
    • Scores Man
      Scores Man

      $375k?!?!?! Can't your average mega carrier get 3 conventional trucks for that?

      about 9 months ago
    • Rob G
      Rob G

      Okay this will never happen. Well it might... but honestly think about it. First of all, he said the price is 375k and who knows maybe more with options and later models. The monthly payment would probably be around 5k. And maintenance costs would likely be a nightmare. You think guys are going to make any money off this thing? All that will happen is they'll become a slave to it. Driving night and day just trying to keep up with the payments. Waste of a life. So it ain't gonna happen. At least it won't last. Also if they do make them fully automated it will cost so many jobs it will put this whole country back in a hole. Then they'll have no one to buy their products that they're shipping cause no one will have a job. It just doesn't add up. So IF this does happen it will only result in tons of job lose and people will turn to riots and so on. This country is going to fall you watch. And the rich who were so greedy are going to have a very tragic ending. Just wait...

      about 1 year ago
    • ron302861

      Empty weight is 2000 lbs.less than the average diesel burner according to the manufactuer. Accept the change is coming whether people like it or not

      about 1 year ago
    • Aram Scorza
      Aram Scorza

      All I have to say is, “Glad I got my trucking experience during the 70s and 80s.”

      about 1 year ago
    • Mayank Deshpande
      Mayank Deshpande In reply to Aram Scorza

      Aram Scorza सि

      about 1 year ago
    • Samuel Snider
      Samuel Snider

      I hope its not only me, but when I get out of high school and start driving truck I will never ever drive an electric truck, I don't know why I just hate the future

      about 1 year ago
    • Make Asylums Great Again
      Make Asylums Great Again

      That sounds like a lot of intricate fast moving parts. I’m sure maintenance will be a breeze. Why the crazy high HP figure? Is it part landspeed missile? I get the high torque that’s what electric motors do and is what’s needed to move that weight. This whole vehicle sounds like a bunch of Bullshitttttttt.

      about 1 year ago
    • Bad Sector
      Bad Sector

      Idiots that create stupid videos with robot voices.

      about 1 year ago
    • Vasileios Davvetas
      Vasileios Davvetas

      The price ?

      about 1 year ago
    • Vasileios Davvetas
      Vasileios Davvetas In reply to Vasileios Davvetas

      ben ric ευχαριστώ πολύ.
      Thank you very much.

      about 1 year ago
    • ben ric
      ben ric In reply to Vasileios Davvetas


      about 1 year ago
    • Vasileios Davvetas
      Vasileios Davvetas In reply to Vasileios Davvetas

      Muerto37 thank you very much

      about 1 year ago
    • Muerto37
      Muerto37 In reply to Vasileios Davvetas


      about 1 year ago
    • Global Auto Transportation
      Global Auto Transportation

      Truckers always are needed

      about 1 year ago
    • Metalbrother

      It is hydrogen electric, there is one already made.

      about 1 year ago
    • alfonso cuevas
      alfonso cuevas

      Check on the guide stones of Georgia..... if this project at the end of the day will get rid of every human labor except those that repair those big animals, and Company owners because the rest of the population will starve. Sí Index of unemployment rate will increase that way we will be in bigger problems than what we are today..... why don't they go to fix the Australian problem where there's no railroads or urbanization and there's nothing but truck-driving booming industry so contamination is highly-rated.... if you want to get the project of the ground and see it prosperous let us not think in to get rid of the driver

      about 1 year ago
    • Ant Bro
      Ant Bro

      Why would any sane person willingly agree to there own death sentence and after the trucking industry is this we're it stops lol doubtful... so these new technology ideas are designed to do away with people basically lol smh crazy!!!

      about 2 years ago
    • Andrew Donohue
      Andrew Donohue In reply to Ant Bro

      they want to automate everything so they dont have to pay anyone a living wage anymore. if it happens people will stave and violence will be the only solution.

      part of the reason why i drive truck is it makes me feel useful, to feel like what i am doing matters. remove the purpose from my life, what's the purpose of even being alive? do you think i want to sit around all day lol. become a houseplant?

      i like to have a purpose. i drive for a construction company, yes i know dump truck ( i do have a tractor trailer license but i make good $$ with this company). what i do is remove construction debris, and bring construction material to the job site. my job enables other people do to there jobs. i feel like it matters.

      about 1 year ago
    • bob10mm

      Talk about environment issue.. what is in place for recycling the material used in this work of art? (Sarcasm implied)

      about 2 years ago
    • bob10mm

      Add the weight of batteries.. yes it will.. and it be hacked.. keep that garbage...

      about 2 years ago
    • bob10mm

      It Will be to heavy for the current weight laws.

      about 2 years ago
    • Paul James
      Paul James In reply to bob10mm

      No it won't.

      about 2 years ago
    • Farkque Matthews
      Farkque Matthews

      why would we need 2000hp? generally the max carrying capacity is 48000lbs max for most part. which can easily be pulled even 300 to 400hp engines..

      about 2 years ago
    • Emily Brown
      Emily Brown In reply to Farkque Matthews

      Teslas truck has 900 torque, will cost $175k starting late this year, early 2020

      about 6 months ago
    • Make Asylums Great Again
      Make Asylums Great Again In reply to Farkque Matthews

      This truck will never be made. Anybody that has maintained a working truck can look at one thing and tell this is purely a concept. The intricate power plant, that’s a lot of fast spinning high rpm metal as well as the flywheel that converts that motion into electrical energy. That’s a small part of the power plant and if you are telling me that will be affordable to maintain we live on different planets.

      about 1 year ago
    • Joseph McGahee
      Joseph McGahee In reply to Farkque Matthews

      Farkque Matthews maybe for heavy haul since it’s automatic?

      about 1 year ago
    • Blutkind
      Blutkind In reply to Farkque Matthews

      400 hp can not pull 48k on a 6% uphill and achieve 55mph. I have 550 and top out on i5 Oregon at 40 under strain. 2k and no transmission to overheat lower CoG and the ability to not impede traffic because of my weak motor.Yea I will be ordering this truck.I will let the super truckers talk about money while I go out and make it.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jack Stowe
      Jack Stowe

      bullshit, Tesla has never made a profit, it's a CIA operation, it cannot produce anything like this -- Aeroscraft is the future of distribution

      about 2 years ago
    • Cameron Harper
      Cameron Harper In reply to Jack Stowe

      Jack Stowe That is not Tesla....its Nikola different companies

      about 1 year ago
    • William Chan Chan
      William Chan Chan

      WoW Look Like are Aliens Spaceship.Truck!!!?!

      about 2 years ago
    • Jack Spratt
      Jack Spratt

      Awesome looking truck. they should stay with development of H2 'cause it's free fuel. we still use electric power plants to charge the batts. the used batts, are they recycled ? better get insurance on the batts because they are very expensive.

      about 2 years ago
    • Dr Johnson Hungwell
      Dr Johnson Hungwell

      when trucks become fully automated and truckers are no longer needed trucking schools will go under , DOT will become obsolete won't have "driver " or in some cases steering wheel holder to harass and it goes on and on

      about 2 years ago
    • Andrew Donohue
      Andrew Donohue In reply to Dr Johnson Hungwell

      hope your right, i have a family to feed, a mortgage to pay, debt, and bills. trucking is how i survive. i drive dump truck, i have a class A license but i make great money with the company i am with and i get home at night.

      about 1 year ago
    • Blutkind
      Blutkind In reply to Dr Johnson Hungwell

      Yea at best I think the truck may be able to run nights while you go SB,but the idea of a fully automated semi making deliveries without human interaction is unlikely in our lifetime.

      about 1 year ago
    • zezizarjaars
      zezizarjaars In reply to Dr Johnson Hungwell

      I'm quite confident trucks can drive on the motorway without problems within a couple of years, somehow in the city and villages, understand what's the best parking spot, what to do when the road is suddenly blocked, or even understand that a road is blocked, how to connect the truck to the back part of a supermarket, things like that, I don't see it happening any time soon.
      Still, driving it to the motorway and someone else picking it up from the motorway 5000 miles further would still be amazing.
      I do think fueling can be done automatically soon as well, simply put two magnets on the top of the fueltank and keep the hose between a steel frame as a line above the hydrogine fueltank and it's already almost a done deal.

      I understood they sold the hydrogine for free, so there is no need to check who fueled or anything like that either.

      about 2 years ago
    • mark hostettler
      mark hostettler

      The advantage of electric motors is their torque, not hp.

      about 2 years ago
    • zezizarjaars
      zezizarjaars In reply to mark hostettler

      You can't do that with a truck, a because no truck can, b because the law doesn't allow it, but you will be faster from 0-80

      about 1 year ago
    • Terje Sorhaug
      Terje Sorhaug In reply to mark hostettler

      Okey, as long as I can drive 135miles an hour, and can loock the German cars disapere quicly in my rar miror, everything is ok.

      about 2 years ago
    • jimforjzs777

      can't hear for the dang. music !!!
      idiots !!!

      about 2 years ago
    • SevenMagpies

      Twaddle. Has anyone ever tried to drive a semi from the middle? Obviously the nooby designers of this haven't either. And the ingress and egress paths are a joke. Embarasingly impractical and therefore unsellable.

      about 2 years ago
    • Trainz Marcel
      Trainz Marcel

      that thing is so hideous

      about 2 years ago
    • Alex Fal
      Alex Fal

      Time will tell even if its more expensive the savings on fuel and maintenance will make it worthwhile we shall see I for one hope they make it work its time to move on from fuel burning diesels ,Im hearing that that they are predicting cars will go electric within 10 years i think the push is on

      about 2 years ago
    • squach623 !!!!!
      squach623 !!!!! In reply to Alex Fal

      Alex Fal Who the fuck said natural gas is cheaper?? Gotta drive 500 miles outta your way to find a fuel station. Pure BULLSHIT! Even if you could N.G. at the local Sinclair,you can't run a gas turbine on U.S. roads! Before anyone says they did it in the 60s those were permitted experimental vehicles! Look it up!

      about 2 years ago
    • BLUENOSE1022

      Saw the video with US Xpress on the side of the truck and it was a fully working unit

      about 2 years ago
    • Tom Tompkins
      Tom Tompkins

      Never going to get the infrastructure off the ground. By the time you covered the US, there would be a viable all electric ( long range ) semi available. You would then scrap the brand new infrastructure you just built. And all those hybrids. Also who is going to deliver all that nitrogen around the country. You are keeping all the inefficiency of the current system. How much to make nitrogen. How could someone build an expensive machine that is already obsolete. Electricity is everywhere. Look how quickly Tesla built their infrastructure on their own. Images ne all the semi producers going together to do that, one year at most. An delivery of " fuel " is already in place.

      about 2 years ago
    • Robert Rutherford
      Robert Rutherford In reply to Tom Tompkins

      It's hydrogen not nitrogen and Tesla did nothing on their own, look at their financials, they are one of the worst corporate welfare queens around !

      about 2 years ago