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Volkswagen could launch an electric pickup truck in the United States.

While featured on a recent episode of the Autoline After Hours podcast, Volkswagen of America senior vice president of product marketing and strategy Hein Schafer said the flexibility of the company’s MEB platform could allow it to venture into new segments of the auto industry, including the growing market for electric pickup trucks.

“[The MEB] does give us potentially the opportunity to bring some kind of small midsize pickup or maybe something a little bit larger,” Schafer revealed.

Schafer also said the German car manufacturer could even launch a large, all-electric pickup.

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“It wouldn’t be a myth to think potentially about something larger on the BEV platform, too,” he said. “If we do build a large SUV on the BEV platform, then a large pickup might also make sense.”

Read Also: ‘VolTswagen of America’ Will Be VW’s New U.S. Name And That’s Not An April Fool’s Joke

As noted by Motor1, this isn’t the first time someone from VW has expressed interest in an electric pickup. In fact, VW’s board member for electric mobility, Thomas Ulbrich, stated in 2020 that such a vehicle was possible.

“Step by step our investigation and research makes us think it becomes more possible,” he said.

Of course, Volkswagen has a lot of other electric vehicles in the works for the U.S. market. Following the recent launch of the ID.4, the car manufacturer announced last week that a production version of the electric ID.Buzz van will come to America in 2023.

 


究竟是愚人節的惡整計畫,還是真的要大改版?Volkswagen日前在意外流出的新聞稿中透露,集團名稱將改為「Voltswagen」!

根據外媒報導,昨日(3/29) 大眾汽車Volkswagen意外在新聞網站上發布了一則消息,內容指出,大眾汽車Volkswagen為進行品牌電氣化之計畫,將針對旗下電動車及電池製造方面進行投資,此外,未來電動車的品牌名稱將全面改為「Voltswagen」,並放上新的廠徽,以象徵著大眾汽車充滿「電力」的向前行,以電動車滿足人們的移動需求,但在該新聞發布不久後及立刻被移除。

新聞消息中也透漏,未來燃油車的廠徽將繼續維持深藍色調的設計,而電動車將改為淺藍色作為區分。

不過換上字母T的新名字似乎將只用於美國地區,並且以「子品牌」的身分隸屬於美國大眾集團下,而歐洲地區則將維持大家所熟悉的「Volkswagen」。

由於消息釋出的日期實在太接近4/1,不少人猜測這個改名大會可能只是大眾汽車的愚人節惡作劇,不過也有不少外媒表示已掌握可靠消息來源,證實這並非玩笑,大眾集團這次是來真的!

不過看看日前釋出內外裝影像及前導片的ID.4,身為品牌第一款純電動車,身上似乎並未換上這個代表著「純電理想」的新廠徽,究竟是要等到2022年上市後才會掛上新身分,還是會額外瓜分出新的電動車系?看來都得等愚人節過後由大眾汽車為大家解答了。

圖片來源:Volkswagen

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特斯拉(Tesla)去年 7 月向新創電動車廠 Rivian 提告,控訴 Rivian 雇用特斯拉前員工並藉此偷取商業機密。而聖塔克拉拉高等法院法官莫那漢(William Monahan)週一駁回了 Rivian 的撤告請求,代表特斯拉能繼續訴訟程序。

新創電動車廠Rivian遭特斯拉提告,但抗告失敗。(彭博)

《彭博》報導,Rivian 要求法院撤銷盜用商業秘密訴訟的請求,被莫那漢駁回,但莫那漢同意撤銷特斯拉提出的蓄意介入合約(intentional interference in contract)控告,因為這已包含在商業秘密訴訟中。

莫那漢也未撤銷特斯拉針對 7 位前員工的控告,該控告稱這些前員工在為 Rivian 工作時洩露了商業秘密。特斯拉去年 7 月訴訟文件指出,Rivian 僱用了至少 178 名前特斯拉員工。 

Rivian 否認有任何不法行為,並說特斯拉提告只是為了扼殺電動車行業競爭對手。Rivian 為通用汽車子公司 Cruise、亞馬遜支持的新創車廠。

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