Nikola’s off-road EV is a high-tech speed demon


Nikola Motors is a startup that’s developing electric big rigs, but it’s also funneling some of that knowledge into a fast, futuristic vehicle that non-truckers might want to drive called the NZT. Debuted at an event in Arizona on Tuesday night alongside those big rigs and an electric watercraft, the NZT is a four-wheeler with modern dune buggy vibes that’s built to go off road. Nikola hopes to set it apart by offering some creature comforts typically found in road cars, as well as eye-popping power — with an $80,000 starting price to match when it goes into production in 2021.

The NZT (which stands for “net zero toll,” a nod to its lack of emissions) should tackle trails and hills with ease thanks to 35-inch tires and a motor at each wheel. But drivers won’t have to get dirty or sweaty along the way. The cabin can be completely sealed off from the elements, and features an HVAC system for heating or cooling your drives. The NZT also has a 7-inch instrument cluster and a 13-inch portrait-oriented display in the dash (both IP68 waterproof) that can be updated via over-the-air software updates. With this much tech, it’d be easy