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 60 miles per hour in just over three seconds.