While electric truck makers like Tesla, Nicola and Canoo get plenty of headlines, we haven’t heard much about Hercules Electric Mobility. Hercules makes electric marine motors and plans to produce a new truck called the Alpha. Although we don’t know much, it seems that the company’s batteries could be the basis for a new Nissan electric pickup.
What is the Alpha Hercules?
Hercules announced in July that the company’s new truck will be designed by Italian design firm Pininfaria. Most know the Pininfarina name from the Ferraris it has designed. The company says the truck should have 1,000 horsepower.
Although he has an ambitious schedule to produce the truck, car and driver he said he could be here at the end of 2022, his executives have experience. Founder James Breyer is a former GM engineer who led the development of the Chevrolet Volt’s powertrain.
Could it become Nissan’s first electric pickup?
Bloomberg recently reported that Nissan was in talks with Hercules. Nissan would buy the battery electric drivetrain for the Nissan truck and share parts for its own truck. One look at the Hercules Alpha footage, and even a casual observer would say, “That looks like a Nissan Titan.” It has all the features of a Titan, except for an EV-style grille and a large LED taillight.
But does Nissan need help?
However, it’s not clear why Nissan would need help developing an electric powertrain. Your Nissan Leaf car has been one of the best-selling and most affordable electric vehicles on the market for several years. For 2023, it has also launched the Ariya all-electric SUV. The Ariya has 238 horsepower and a range of 304 miles.
Hercules appears to be further along in the development of its ship engines. Its Hercules Electric Marine brand makes motors up to 250 horsepower that use both conventional solid-state batteries and lithium-ion batteries. Like EV cars, they are quiet and do not pollute. Battery packs come in 43kWh, 63kWh and 94kWh versions.
It will begin delivering Coach Marine Group electric boats in 2023.
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