Both the Nikola pickup and the reborn Hummer will use GM’s Ultium battery technology, which promises at least 400 miles of range and oodles of advances in the segment.
In the past, Nikola teased 600 miles of range with a combination of battery and fuel-cell power for the Badger.
GM will also become the exclusive supplier of fuel-cell technology for Nikola’s upcoming Class 7 and 8 semi trucks — no small nugget of news in itself.
The legacy automaker will supply fuel-cell systems for Nikola in all countries it plans to do business in, save for Europe.
Hot on the heels of its proposed strategic alliance with Honda, GM plans to grow closer to startup Nikola.
The automaker will validate, homologate and manufacture the Badger when the time comes, though it’s not clear where it plans to build the pickup.
GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement, "Applying General Motors’ electrified technology solutions to the heavy-duty class of commercial vehicles is another important step in fulfilling our vision of a zero-emissions future".
Additional details surrounding the Badger should come at the end of this year when Nikola hosts its Nikola World event, set to kick off on Dec. 3.
On Tuesday, GM said it will partner with another potential rival to help both succeed: startup automaker Nikola.
The two companies said on Tuesday they will work together to bring the Badger electric and fuel-cell pickup truck to market. That’s not all, however.
General Motors made a massive move last week in the form of a proposed alliance with rival Honda in North America.
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