Volkswagen is getting close to launching an electric pickup truck!

VW Eyeing U.S. Site for Electric Pickup Trucks, Executive Says
The remarks by Inga Von Seelen, senior vice president-purchasing for VWoA, come during a panel discussion of OEM-supplier relations at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI.

A key executive with Volkswagen of America says the automaker is evaluating a site in the U.S. for an assembly plant to build electric pickup trucks.

“We have a lot of growth potential, which is why we are looking at sites for a new plant for pickup trucks and batteries. It would be an electric pickup truck,” Inga Von Seelen, senior vice president-purchasing for VWoA, says at the Center for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI.

“Overall, I still see growth in the market. We, with our brands Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen, have huge potential in the U.S., says Von Seelen, who offers no timetable for selection of a site.

Von Seelen’s remarks come during a panel discussion, “Supplier Relations: Finding Success Amid Risks and Scarcity.” She says VW is grappling with issues such as labor, inflation, access to critical materials and the logistical issues facing suppliers with which the automaker does business.

Robert Young, Toyota Motor North America group vice president-purchasing and supplier development, credits the automaker’s suppliers for making the best of a challenging situation in recent years at the same time the industry is facing a major transition with the push for electric vehicles.