Volkswagen revealed details about new electric pickupAugust 6, 2020
A lot has changed since Volkswagen unveiled its ambitious plan to revamp its hybrid and all-electric range. The company hopes to add 75 purely electric models by 2029, many of which will run on the MEB platform.
However, new players and potential competitors are making adjustments to the plans of the German concern, which have changed the situation. In an interview with Autoblog, Thomas Ulbrich, VW’s electromobility board member, said what will happen next with the brand’s electric vehicles.
Ulbrich recalled in an interview about the new Rivian, saying that the company’s efforts to create an all-electric pickup truck interested VW.
“Step by step, our investigation and research makes us think this is becoming more possible,” he told the publication.
The most obvious opportunity for the automaker to create an electric pickup is the Amarok that Ulbrich mentions. However, the future of the Amarok is in the hands of Ford. We will remind, earlier, the two companies signed a partnership agreement, which was first announced in 2019. According to him, Ford delivered a pickup to VW, which will be the second generation of the Amarok. There are no rumors of an all-electric next-generation Ranger; however, a plug-in hybrid is possible, which is in line with the Group’s plan to offer 60 hybrids along with its electric vehicles.
Other plans for the platform include vehicles to be sorted under the new ID.3, currently the smallest MEB-based vehicle. Ulbrich told Autoblog that the company plans to introduce the first of these compact cityars in 2023 or 2024. This seems to confirm the rumor that the company will launch a model called ID.1 in 2025.
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