Nikola Motors and Tesla Inc have several things in common. Possibly the most obvious - for those of us interested in history - is Nikola Tesla, a very famous electrical engineer who designed an AC powered induction motor, a radio controlled boat and really helped define the alternating current structure that we all use today. As an aside, Nikola Tesla was one of millions of people who through military history could technically claim multiple citizenships. He was born as an ethnic Serb in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in what is now called Croatia! He ended up as an American citizen. Both companies specialise in electric vehicles and both have launched electric trucks this year. Nikola Motors was founded in 2014 - about twelve years after Tesla Inc and are based in Salt Lake City in Utah. Their first concept is now called a Utility Task Vehicle and they have created a division called Powersports to sell it. This vehicle uses a motor on each wheel with around 100Kwh batteries … [Read More...]
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