Pratt & Miller Engineering and Nikola’s Powersport unit have been awarded a five million dollar grant to integrate a hydrogen fuel cell into an off-road electric vehicle in order to test performance and efficiency.
The five million dollar grant has been awarded by the National Center for Manufacturing Science, which is a cross-industry technology development based in the U.S.
The research project begins immediately and will last for 32 weeks.
The off road vehicle is Nikola’s Reckless OHV – a totally electric vehicle that can go from 0 to 100 kilometers-per-hour in just over three seconds.
Matt Carroll, Pratt & Miller CEO, says: “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.”
Andrew Christian, Nikola’s vice president of defense, Nikola Powersports, adds: “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.”
Nikola Powersports is a division of Nikola Motor Company dedicated to the powersports industry that includes vehicles for military and commercial markets, and watercraft.