The Hyundai Santa Cruz shows that at least one established automaker is committed to building a truly compact pickup, but startup Alpha Motors is developing its own all-electric competitor. The Alpha Wolf has not yet started production, but the company has already introduced a second version.
The Alpha Wolf + gets a bigger cab than that Standard version presented last monthas well as an increase in performance and towing capacity.
While the standard Wolf has a two-door cabin with space for two people, the Wolf + has an extended cabin with folding half-doors and space for four people. According to Alpha’s website, it will be available with single-engine rear-wheel drive or twin-engine all-wheel drive.
Alpha quotes 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds (0.3 seconds faster than the standard wolf) and a trailer load of 6,724 pounds, compared to 3,000 pounds for the standard wolf. The range estimates remain unchanged at 250 to 275 miles, however.
Alpha Wolf +
Pictures on Alpha’s website also show the Wolf + with accessories, including a roof rack, bed extension and a fold-out tent. The truck also has a large “frunk”, but the compact design leaves no room for the side passageways that Rivian uses to house a warehouse kitchen.
In addition to Wolf and Wolf +, Alpha has shown the Ace Coupe and an SUV-like version of this model called the Jax. The company is currently taking reservations, but does not expect delivery until 2023.
Prices for the Wolf + start at $ 40,000 to $ 48,000, and prices for the Standard Wolf range from $ 36,000 to $ 46,000.
Several companies want to bring electric pickups to market, but only Canoo showed the wolf something of the size. Other competitors like the Tesla Cybertruck, the GMC Hummer EV, and the Rivian R1T are slightly larger. It’s worth noting, however, that Alpha has not shown working prototypes of detailed plans for a factory, so a healthy dose of skepticism might be warranted.