Volkswagen and Ford are believed to be collaborating on a new, mid-size, all-electric pickup truck about the size of the Ford Ranger or VW Amarok.
Unbeknownst to many Americans, VW already a pickup that it sells in a number of global markets. That truck– called the Amarok (shown, above)– has been pretty successful, but the powers-that-be at Volkswagen have decided that there wouldn’t be a market for an exceedingly pricey, “chicken tax” style pickup truck.
With Ford’s involvement and Blue Oval branding, that chicken tax might not apply. In that case, the success of Ford’s own Maverick and Lightning shows there very much is American demand for electrified trucks– and an all-electric truck built off the Volkswagen MEB platform (which underpins the hot-selling ID.4) might be just the thing to kickoff Ford and Volkswagen’s electric marriage.
Ford is intent on maintaining the role of industry leader when it comes to electric trucks, and announced a second electric pickup was coming during the official announcement of F-150 Lightning production earlier this week, when Ford CEO Jim Farley said that Ford’s second electric pickup truck would be built at a new factory in Tennessee– which, conveniently, is where Volkswagen’s ID.4 production facility is located.
Is that enough of a coincidence to say the next electric Ford will be a rebadged Amarok? And, really, would that be such a bad thing? Scroll on down to the comments and let us know your take.
SOURCE | IMAGES: CLEANTECHNICA.
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