Alpha Motor Company stated earlier this 12 months that it meant to lastly have a operating prototype of its Wolf electrical pickup truck able to go this 12 months. And right here it appears to be. The corporate launched a video of the truck in movement, although you will solely see it after an ungainly, try-hard scene of a mom and daughter speaking a few drawing of a truck and stuff about having coronary heart. With that being stated, the truck, which has all the time seemed enticing, nonetheless seems sharp within the operating footage.
The truth that the corporate does have a operating prototype does give us hope that the Wolf is heading towards manufacturing after spending fairly a while as a extremely enticing render (amongst a concerningly giant variety of them) and as a static design mannequin. And primarily based on earlier bulletins from Alpha, the operating take a look at truck was constructed with the assistance of Michigan-based prototyping firm UHI Group, which has beforehand labored on Canoo automobiles. The corporate says extra take a look at automobiles are within the works, too.
What retains our hopes fairly restrained is that Alpha continues to be mum on manufacturing particulars and with out a lot additional details about the truck’s specs. Basic specs from the video are related, however not precisely the identical as these beforehand: battery packs with an estimated 65 to 85 kWh with a minimum of 275 miles of vary, accessible dual-motor all-wheel drive, single-motor energy of 284 horsepower (212 kW), prime velocity of 125 mph and DC quick charging.
Actually, we virtually get extra new data on the Alpha from the diagram flashed up through the video. It reveals the old-school body-on-frame chassis design with extra element than earlier than. It reveals the vans unbiased entrance suspension, in addition to the leaf-spring rear finish. It appears, trying between the body diagram and the operating footage, that the rear motor and transmission experience alongside on the strong rear axle, and there is a protecting protect across the motor gear. We’d be very curious if it is a model of Magna’s eBeam strong axle powertrain.
Shut examination of the operating footage additionally means that this prototype is a rear-drive instance. We won’t spot any driveshafts operating to the entrance wheels amidst the management arms and steering gear.
So we’re left hopeful that Alpha’s fun-looking little pickup will attain manufacturing, however we optimism continues to be very cautious. Alpha is taking reservations, and it claims to have 11,000 to this point. It is aiming to cost the Wolf between $36,000 and $46,000 relying on configuration, a minimum of in response to the reservation website.