The electric-powered CUV points toward a future of modestly priced, zero-emission personal mobility in much the same way the original Beetle promised the world access to affordable combustion-engine motoring over eight decades ago.
Volkswagen’s chief operating officer, Johan De Nysschen, suggests the modern-day Scout could be based on a VW-developed electric car platform and be similar to the Rivian R1S SUV, but “at the $40,000 price point instead of $70,000.”
For its first conversion, ECD Automotive Design took a 1995 Range Rover Classic and replaced the powertrain with a 450-hp motor and a Tesla 100-kW battery pack sourced from Electric Classic Cars in the U.K.
The automaker is investing in tooling that will double planned output of the new battery-powered truck in its first full year. Ford says it has 150,000 orders for the Lightning, with that number rising daily.
Tuesday’s production launch represents a significant win over rivals including Tesla, General Motors and Ford for Rivian, which can now claim it is the first company to build a battery-electric pickup for customers.
Volta Trucks says Austria’s Steyr Automotive was chosen to build its Volta Zero BEVs based on its experience in commercial vehicle manufacturing, existing manufacturing infrastructure and potential speed to market.
Porsche design director Michael Mauer hints at similarities in styling between the new race car and the next-generation 718 Cayman due in 2022 and planned to be sold with the choice of either a combustion engine or battery-electric powertrain.