Via Motors will descend on the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with three new full-size electric vehicles. Company spokesperson Bob Lutz will pull the sheets back on each of the extended-range EVs personally, including an 800-horsepower, four-wheel-drive pickup truck, a luxury four-wheel-drive SUV and what VIA is calling the world's first 12-passenger extended-range electric van. Given the company's previous efforts, it's a good bet each of the new products will be based on General Motors platforms.

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.
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VIA Motors to Unveil Three New Full Size Electric Vehicles at the North American International Auto Show

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.


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      Electron
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the SUV Via Motors offers will get some pretty stiff competition from the upcoming Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. That is not full size of course, but it has lots of interior space and will tow 3000 Lbs. Most of all: all signs are that it will be offered for Volt money or less which is only half the price Via Motors has in mind for its SUV offering.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have they shipped ANY cars yet?
      marco loglio
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder which kind of cells VIA motor will use for their battery pack. Power an 800 Kw big SUV like the one showed in the pic is not a easy stuff. Anyway i would like to notice to Mr Bob Lutz that i had the best solution for his problem. A battery pack with an energy density of 250 wh/kg , that is triple of the energy density of a Nissan Leaf and other competitors. The news about this battery pack has been reported worldwide, including the leading car magazine Quattroruote, but strangely not in US. I still remember the movie "who killed the electric car "... i can say that if the US magazine and car makers ignore the most advanced technology actually, they are killing ,in their country, the elctric cars.
      md_stew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now this is a company that GM should be merging with!
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @md_stew
        Yeah, GM should really 'merge' with a tiny EV conversion outfit that hasn't been able to put out anything but press releases.
          • 2 Years Ago
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        • 2 Years Ago
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      JP
      • 2 Years Ago
      "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 " Um, no, they will unveil some plug in hybrids....
      S C
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Maximum" Bob is back!!! promising cars that just will-not-sell.....