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The progress of Rivian and the R1T has caught the eye of Volkswagen executives as they decide whether or not to make an electric version of their Amarok pickup.

Autoblog spoke with Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen's board member for electric mobility and he told them "It's a difficult discussion, to have an Amarok or a similar car using BEV technology. We are looking at what Rivian is doing, because normally it is difficult to believe that a car like the Amarok, for example, could be electrified. But, nevertheless, step by step our investigation and research makes us think it becomes more possible. By making this technology more and more robust, an Amarok-type of car would be BEV."

This makes sense when you realize that VW is partnering with Ford on EV projects and I'm sure in those discussions Ford has mentioned Rivian to them.
 
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