- Another electric pick-up truck by Ford planned
- Ford aims to be no.1 in electric trucks
- Electric VW Amarok hinted, same platform as Ford Ranger
Ford CEO Jim Farley said the company will build another electric pick-up truck at its upcoming Blue Oval City plant in Tennessee, reports Automotive News.
“It’s another truck,” Farley said at the launch of the Ford F-150 Lightning. “This (the Ford F-150 Lightning) is not our only truck. We said very clearly we want to be the leader in electric pick-up trucks.”
Ford plans to sell 600,000 EVs (electric vehicle) globally in the upcoming two years to become the number two EV maker behind Tesla. After that, Farley says the company intends to challenge Tesla in becoming number one.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen told Autocar that an electric version of the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok is planned.
“We’re looking at a pure-electric version,” said Lars Krause, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle board member responsible for marketing. “It’s still early, but it’s something we’re considering within the lifecycle,” he added.
“Right now, we’re not satisfied with the electric range of the plug-in hybrid. I’d never say never, but we’re looking more towards a full electric version,” Krause told Autocar.
Recall that Volkswagen and Ford have collaborated to develop commercial vehicles, which includes vans and pick-up trucks for the global market.
The next-generation Volkswagen Amarok will share the same platform as the all-new 2022 Ford Ranger, which is essentially a modified version of the outgoing T6 platform.
Krause added he was confident that the platform compatible with an electric drivetrain and battery pack. “We think it’s possible. Obviously, we’d need to modify certain elements. But yes, we’re seriously considering an electric variant,” he said.
Could the 2022 Ford Ranger or the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok receive an all-electric drivetrain? We’ll have to wait and see.