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When Bob Lutz joined forces with hybrid conversion company Via Motors earlier this fall, we wrote that, "it's unclear exactly what kind of role Lutz will play in the company or what his duties will be." Turns out that at least one of his assignments will be to take to the stage at the Detroit Auto Show in January and officially introduce the "world's first Extended Range Electric Truck." As always, Lutz is bold in his choice of words, saying in a statement:

Let's say you own a hybrid vehicle that meets most of your driving needs. This hypothetical auto tackles the daily grind with ease, seats four or five, is reliable and gets you to-and-fro without any issues. Trouble is, you're less than thrilled with its overall gas mileage – or maybe you'd just like to extend its electric-only range (or create one). Well, Vista Engineering Technologies (VET) might have a deal for you. For less than $10,000, the company will convert your existing gas-elec

With 10.2 million fleet vehicles in use in the U.S., innovative start-up company Alte saw a market opportunity to develop a plug-in hybrid conversion that would transform the nation's inefficient vehicles into the fleet of the future. The company, founded less than two short years ago, hopes to convert 500,000 fleet vehicles over to extended-range plug-in hybrids in the next six years. While conversions are quite a regular occurrence, Alte offers something that most don't: a 50,000 mile powertra

Converted plug-in Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

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