As you may recall, Via hopes to reduce fuel consumption by focusing on popular vehicles that use the most gasoline, including full-size trucks, vans and SUVs. A year ago, Bob Lutz joined the company in a spokesperson role, and has since showed up on Jay Leno's Garage to show off the company's wares. You can check out the full press release below for more information.
ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) - VIA Motors announced today that Bob Lutz, father of the Chevy Volt and automotive industry icon, plans to unveil three new full size electric vehicles by VIA Motors at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14, 2013. The ground-breaking extended range (eREV) electric vehicles to be unveiled include a high-performance 4WD pick-up truck with an 800 horse-power option called the "X-Truck," a technology-packed, luxury class 4WD SUV, and the first-ever extended range electric 12-passenger van, for ride-share and shuttle applications. Earlier this year, VIA introduced the world's first extended range electric (eREV) pick-up truck, and cargo van that will begin production in 2013 for fleet sales.
"These three new offerings demonstrate VIA's commitment to electrify the top-selling vehicles that use the most gas and can therefore benefit the most from converting to low-cost electric fuel, while at the same time, reducing more emissions to benefit the communities they serve," said VIA's president Alan Perriton.
VIA works with OEM partners to build electric versions of popular vehicles using VIA's technology, enabling full-size trucks, vans & SUVs to drive like the top selling Chevy Volt, allowing them to perform the same duty as a conventional vehicle, while capturing huge operational savings that can pay for the vehicle over time.