Hercules Alpha to be demoed in April; Nissan electric pickup to follow

Hercules Electric Vehicles has announced that it expects to demonstrate the first drivable Hercules Alpha prototype this month. This is also said to be the technical basis for the first Nissan electric pickup truck.

Hercules Electric Vehicles says that the Hercules Alpha is an all-electric ‘sport’ pickup truck, which indicates that the company plans to release it as an eco-friendly performance model like GM introduced the GMC Hummer EV pickup.

The Hercules Alpha’s highlights would include up to 1,000 hp, up to 800 ft-lb of torque, four-wheel. Torque vectoring, etc. A solar tonneau cover would be standard, generating 1.2 kW, enough to add 19 miles to the available range. The most range-focused configuration would do about 350 miles on a full charge. On the other hand, the most performance-focused configuration would zoom from 0-60 mph in just three seconds, have a 120 mph top speed, and a 12,500-pound towing capacity.

Hercules Alpha front three quarters rendering
On March 24, 2021, Hercules Electric Vehicles opened a $20 million Series A investment round to raise the capital needed to launch the Hercules Alpha and other EVs. Image Source: Hercules Electric Vehicles

In two-three years, the electric pickup truck market will be flush with options, and Nissan doesn’t intend to lag behind the competition. The company doesn’t have an indigenous rival for this race yet, but it could launch a Nissan Titan electric pickup based on the Hercules Alpha, as per a report on bloomberg.com.

Nissan Titan sales dropped 38% in 2019 and about 24% in 2020, and could worsen in the coming years as rivals woo customers away with new models and pure electric options. On the EV front, a Ford F-150 Electric is due in mid-2022, and the same year, General Motors is likely to release its Chevrolet BET Truck. The Rivian R1T is coming to showrooms a year earlier, in mid-2021. Nissan, not an aggressive contender with electric pickups like other Japanese automakers Toyota and Honda, is under the pump.

Hercules Alpha rear three quarters rendering
A Nissan Titan electric pickup using a Hercules-developed electric powertrain could be focused on conventional pickup truck capabilities, range and affordability than sheer performance. Image Source: Hercules Electric Vehicles

Sources have told Bloomberg that Nissan Motor is discussing collaboration with Detroit-based startup Hercules for its first electric pickup truck.

Founded by venture capitalist James Breyer, Hercules plans to launch an electric pickup truck called Hercules Alpha in late 2022. Nissan would need specifications tilting towards conventional pickup truck capabilities, range and affordability rather than sheer performance for the Titan electric pickup.

As per the report, Nissan is considering to purchase a pure electric powertrain from Hercules for the Titan pickup truck. The company is interested in striking a deal for parts-sharing and a strategic partnership for the same.

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