Nissan is in talks with Detroit-based startup Hercules Electrical Autos to develop an electrical pickup truck, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The automaker that helped popularize electrical automobiles with the Leaf hatchback might purchase an electrical powertrain from Hercules to be used in its Titan pickup and supplies parts for Hercules’ personal truck, in response to the report, which cited nameless sources acquainted with the matter.

“The talks are nonetheless ongoing and will nonetheless disintegrate earlier than a deal is signed,” the report mentioned.

Based in 2018, Hercules is presently taking reservations for the Alpha pickup, promoting a 1,000-horsepower 4-motor powertrain, 300-mile vary, and 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The startup can also be anticipated to supply the Worksport solar tonneau cover as an choice.

Worksport TerraVis solar tonneau charging system

Worksport TerraVis photo voltaic tonneau charging system

It is value noting that the only picture of the Alpha on Hercules’ web site seems to be like a current-generation Nissan Titan with a unique grille, headlights, and entrance bumper.

That begs the query of whether or not this may be a real partnership, or whether or not Hercules is just in search of Titan donor automobiles. Nissan has loads of electric-vehicle expertise in spite of everything, and should not want the assistance of a small startup. Nonetheless, Nissan has additionally been trying to reduce prices amid sluggish gross sales, and should not wish to make investments an excessive amount of in an electrical automobile that does not have a lot relevance exterior the USA.  

Talking of the Titan, it solely comes with an enormous 5.6-liter V-8 for the 2021 mannequin yr, with EPA-rated gasoline economic system of 18 mpg mixed (15 mpg metropolis, 21 mpg freeway). That lags behind most different full-size vans, a lot of which have adopted diesels or smaller-displacement gasoline engines to enhance gasoline effectivity.

Hercules Alpha

Hercules Alpha

As vans from Rivian and Tesla are due soon, main automakers are waking as much as the potential of electrical pickups.

That is led some automakers to determine partnerships with startups—just like what Nissan and Hercules are reportedly contemplating.

In September, Common Motors introduced that it could manufacture the Nikola Badger electrical truck, though that deal, and the truck’s reveal, appear to be in limbo. Ford has invested in Rivian, and has a deal to make use of the agency’s “skateboard” platform for some future automobiles.

As electrical vans turn out to be one of many auto business’s newest buzzwords, automakers seem cut up on tips on how to place these vans.

Ford is aiming for affordability, and extra of a workhorse, with its F-150 Electric. GM is aiming for a macho way of life picture first with its GMC Hummer EV, whereas Fiat Chrysler Vehicles (FCA) is prone to skip an electrical truck altogether at first, and go for a plug-in hybrid as an alternative.