Volkswagen engineers prefer an EV pickup truck to a hybrid with a limited electric-only range.

An electric version of the second-generation Volkswagen Amarok is in development.

Ford and the German car manufacturer have teamed up to produce the zero-emission pickup truck. It is expected that production will begin by the middle decade. This smaller, but potentially more efficient, alternative to the Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck.

This partnership is an extension to the so-called Global Alliance. Through this program, Volkswagen and Ford developed more conventional petrol- and diesel versions of the second and fourth generation Amaroks and Ford Rangers. It was based at Ford Australia Headquarters in Broadmeadows in Australia.

Lars Krause (VW Commercial Vehicle board member responsible marketing), said that they are looking into a pure-electric version. He also gave details about the new Amarok in Wolfsburg.

“It’s still early but we’re looking into it within the lifecycle.”

After Volkswagen decided not offer the second-generation Amarok equipped with the hybrid petrol-electric drivetrain, the company has begun engineering studies to create an electric version. This is in preparation for the Ford Ranger’s new look.

Volkswagen stated that a plug-in hybrid model of the Amarok is only possible if it has an extended electric range. This is despite calls from European markets where the emissions-based road tax could severely penalise petrol- and diesel versions.

“At the moment, we are not satisfied with the electric range for the plug-in hybrid. Krause stated that while he would never say never, he believes in full-electric versions.

Officials at Volkswagen are confident that the Amarok’s chassis, which is a Ford-designed box steel structure, can accept an electric drivetrain with a battery pack.

“We believe it’s possible. We would need to modify some elements. He said that we are seriously considering an electric version.

Volkswagen intends to invest as much as PS140 billion in the development of electric cars this decade across its brands.

Although it has yet to name the electric Amarok one of its production models, the company’s Commercial Vehicles division is integrated into the program. It played a crucial role in the engineering and construction of the new Volkswagen ID Buzz at its Hanover manufacturing headquarters.

Ford started production of the F-150 Lightning pickup-up, an electric version its perennial best-selling model earlier in the year. This opened the door for the smaller electric Ranger.

Though it is still early days, there are suggestions that the electric Amarok or Ranger could be made at Ford’s Michigan plant. There, petrol and diesel versions will begin production in 2023, following the initial production at Ford Silverton in South Africa.