Scout Motors FAQ - Last update March 3, 2022

  • From all of us at Scout Motors, welcome to the Scout Community! We created this community to provide Scout owners, enthusiasts, and curiosity seekers with a place to engage in discussion, suggestions, stories, and connections. Supportive communities are sometimes hard to find, but we're determined to turn this into one.

    Additionally, Scout Motors wants to hear your feedback and speak directly to the rabid community of owners as unique as America. We'll use the Scout Community to deliver news and information on events and launch updates directly to the group. Although the start of production is anticipated in 2026, many new developments and milestones will occur in the interim. We plan to share them with you on this site and look for your feedback and suggestions.

    How will the Scout Community be run? Think of it this way: this place is your favorite local hangout. You want you enjoy the atmosphere, talk to people who share similar interests, request and receive advice, and generally have an enjoyable time. The Scout Community should be a highlight of your day. We want you to tell stories, share photos, spread your knowledge, and tell us how Scout can deliver great products and experiences. Along the way, Scout Motors will share our journey to production with you.

    Scout is all about respect. We respect our heritage. We respect the land and outdoors. We respect each other. Every person should feel safe, included, and welcomed in the Scout Community. Being kind and courteous to the other forum members is non-negotiable. Friendly debate is welcomed and often produces great outcomes, but we don't want things to get too rowdy. Please take a moment to consider what you post, especially if you think it may insult others. We'll do our best to encourage friendly discourse and to keep the discussions flowing.

    So, welcome to the Scout Community! We encourage you to check back regularly as we plan to engage our members, share teasers, and participate in discussions. The world needs Scouts. Let's get going.

    We are Scout Motors.
Thanks for the FAQ. I am fed up with the dated tech and poor mileage in my daily-driver ICE SUV. On days I want to drive a basic truck for the joy of driving, I’ll drive my bright yellow Scout II or my Travelall.

On my next vehicle, I want it all. When International Harvester started the Scout 80, the brand was building farm implements and heavy trucks. The Scout was a gamble to build a vehicle that could appeal to their customers (farmers) that were buying surplus army jeeps. The revisions into the Scout 800, the Scout II, the Terra, the Traveler, and Travelall were efforts to change with the market, appeal to a wider market (“It’s not a car. It’s the go anywhere, do anything Scout!”).

I am glad you guys are taking on this difficult task. I have often wondered what the modern IH might have envisioned throughout the years as the “next Scout.” If I am honest, the Scout III concept was as dreadful as many 80s cars were. But you guys get to actually plan the next one. I know this isn’t the same company. I am aware that the Bronco and iD Buzz and other nostalgia-inspired vehicles make this a timely decision for VW to get behind. The difficulty you guys face will be challenging. IH fans enjoy being part of something quite different than the big brands. It is rather counter-car-culture. You have to balance these idiosyncrasies with the modern automotive public.

I am looking forward to it. I started looking at the options to replace my daily-driver, but nothing checks all of the boxes. I am trying to hold out for the new Scout EV. As I said, I want it all:
- Off-road capable (truly)
- Modern electronics
- Safe for the family
- EV
- If removable top isn’t an option, as open-air as can be

If someone can build an EV with good range (can’t charge on a trail) that focuses on capability, dependability, modifications, repairs, cleaning, and tech to support those features without focusing on luxury to justify cost, I would buy that vehicle without the Scout badge. Add well placed honoring of the Scout name in design and badging, and you’ve made a slam-dunk.

You’ve done one better by including us in the idea process! I am excited! Good luck!

Let us have first crack at the reservations, and I’ll hold on with my current SUV to get in line for a brightly colored Scout EV.