A host of legacy and upstart automakers are preparing to launch all-electric pickups over the next couple of years, and that includes the Ford F-150 EV. Now, it appears that a Nissan electric pickup will follow suit as well, according to a report from The Detroit News. The Japanese automaker is reportedly thinking about buying a battery-electric powertrain from Hercules Electric Vehicles, a Detroit-based startup, for an electrified version of the Titan.
Additionally, the partnership would reportedly include the sharing of certain parts from this prospective Nissan electric pickup with Hercules, which it would then use in its own EV truck. However, the deal apparently isn’t final yet, and nothing has been officially agreed to. So these details are subject to change, or talks could fall apart completely.
The Nissan Titan has been on sale in the United States since 2003, but has never managed to become a serious competitor for the likes of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, or Ram. Deliveries this year total a mere 19,403 units so far, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the F-150’s 589,034. But as even major automakers begin to shift to electric power, Nissan is almost certain to follow suit.
The electric F-150, scheduled to launch in mid-2022, will be joined by upstarts including the Nikola Badger, Tesla Cybertruck, Lordstown Motors Endurance, and Ford-backed Rivian R1T in the coming years, as well as a future electric Chevy and Ram pickup and the GMC Hummer EV. It’s soon to be a crowded field for certain.
While no one, including Ford, really knows what sort of demand will exist for EV pickups, the automaker recently ramped up its F-150 EV production capacity by 50 percent ahead of stronger-than-expected interest.