Nikola Reckless

The Nikola Reckless is designed for military use. It is just one of several vehicles that were unveiled April 16 at Nikola World.

PHOENIX — A division of the Nikola Motor Company has been awarded a $4.35 million project to test the integration of a hydrogen fuel cell into an electric vehicle designed for use in the military.

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences awarded Nikola Powersports and Pratt & Miller Engineering the project through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Defense Department’s Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities.

Of the funds, Nikola will receive $1 million and will work with other project partners to allocate the rest of the funds.

The funding will be used to integrate a hydrogen fuel cell into the company’s electric off-road vehicle, the Nikola Reckless, and test factors such as performance and efficiency.

”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,” Andrew Christian, vice president of defense for Nikola Powersports, said in a statement. “This is truly a groundbreaking effort in our quest to have a zero-emissions future.”

In April, Nikola displayed the Reckless at the Nikola World event in Scottsdale, at which time the vehicle was described as an all-terrain military vehicle with the capability to operate by remote control.

The all-electric vehicle has the capability to go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour — or about 60 miles — in just over three seconds.

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