VIA Motors Brings Three New EVs To NAIAS In January
Utilizing outspoken board member, and former Vice Chairman of GM, Bob Lutz, VIA Motors will unveil three new full size electric vehicles at the 2013 North American International Auto Show on January 14th, 2013.
Of the three vehicles, VIA gives us a preview of what to expect:
- a high-performance 4WD pick-up truck with an 800 horse-power option called the “X-Truck,”
- a technology-packed, luxury class 4WD SUV,
- 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.
For the most part it appears that VIA has already shown the SUV, based off the Chevrolet Suburban through their website, but it will be nice to get a good look at all three of these new vehicles up close at the show in Detroit.
“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 convert popular vehicles into electric versions of themselves, 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.”
The original VTRUX family of extended range trucks are expected to be delivered to customers in 2013, and have a starting price of around $79,000.
It is worth noting that three new models, although seemingly similar to those already slated for production, would bring VIA’s model stable to eight vehicles in total. With the sordid history of EV-conversion start-ups, we would be happy to see them produce just one successfully.