Volkswagen Amarok: Petrol PHEV ‘the brand new diesel’ for some markets?


With Europe fast paced towards Euro 7 emission requirements, Volkswagen is engaged on electrification plans for the Amarok utility along with Ford.

The reply may embody a transfer away from diesel to attain the stringent emission requirements that may quickly be rolled out in some markets. Petrol with some type of electrification may thereby change into the ‘new diesel’ in some areas.

Whereas a totally electrical Amarok has been speculated on as nicely, there seems to be scope for a petroleum plug-in hybrid – though work should be executed to retain load carrying and towing skills, probably by becoming a smaller battery and sacrificing EV vary.

Chatting with CarExpert on the launch of the brand new Amarok, Volkswagen Industrial Autos world product supervisor Peter Sulc stated there wanted to be a compromise someplace and it could possibly be within the diesel providing.

“Should you look to the engines we at present have, after which see the draft of Euro 7 [emission standards], you see the necessities for diesel are a lot greater than requirement for petrol,” he stated.

“… So technically, technically, it’s simple to carry PHEV for petrol engines,” he added.

When requested whether or not Volkswagen would decide to not decreasing the aptitude of an electrified Amarok, Mr Sulc stated functionality would come first. And, that will imply a discount in efficient full-electric driving vary.

“I personally see the answer within the decreasing {of electrical} vary. Should you put much less battery, you may be succesful, maintain towing, and maintain payload.

“However then it’s once more concerning the payoff of {the electrical} vary, as a result of usually within the VW [Group], we do have now 100km electrical [range]. Technically I see the answer as a decreasing of {the electrical} vary.”

When requested to elaborate on what could be acceptable, Mr Sulc stated it was a stability between effectivity and the advantages of proudly owning a partly electrified automobile (for some markets).

“That is once more the viewpoint in case you have a glance in case you have a PHEV or a hybrid electrical automobile, you’ll by no means settle for 50 or 40 kilometres as a result of you’ll not have this ‘e-play’ that you’ve got with an electrical automobile.

“You can’t park freed from cost, you can not keep someplace within the metropolis centre as a result of it merely doesn’t meet the electrical automobile standards.

“However in case you have a glance from the opposite aspect of what the petrol has, or somebody who’s having to have the towing or distance, then that is precisely for me simply the brand new diesel.

“Additionally, for these for the inexperienced guys, they are going to be unhappy as a result of it’s not a lot inexperienced… so it’s the type of the compromise however for the inexperienced guys, it’s not inexperienced sufficient. However for the petrol guys, it’s sufficient,” Mr Sulc stated.

A part of the difficulty with electrification of business automobiles like dual-cab utes is the speedy improve in weight, which sacrifices load carrying capability and the large breadth of duties a piece automobile like this wants to have the ability to do.

However equally, with dual-cab utes changing into extra a life-style than work proposition in some cases, there’s potential scope that each a plug-in hybrid and diesel possibility is obtainable in some areas.

Equally there will likely be some locations world wide the place the T6 platform is bought the place a plug-in hybrid received’t make sense for a while but.


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