A high-ranking Volkswagen executive says a fully electric Amarok is looking “more possible” as battery technology becomes “more robust”.

Thomas Ulbrich, VW’s board member responsible for electric mobility, suggested to Autoblog the electric powertrain would be well suited to a bakkie.

"It's a difficult discussion, to have an Amarok or a similar car using BEV [battery electric vehicle] 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,” he said.

“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," he added.

As Autoblog points out, this is by no means a “confirmation” the Wolfsburg-based firm is actually developing an electric bakkie. Indeed, the second-generation Amarok – which will be built right here in South Africa – is due in the next couple of years, developed alongside Ford’s next-gen Ranger.