VIA Debuts 35 Mile Extended Range Work Van With Remote Side Doors

MAR 9 2014 BY JAY COLE 13

VTRUX VAN With Fancy New Option

VTRUX VAN With Fancy New Option

Thanks to a little snafu getting access to GM’s latest Silverado to convert into 40 mile extended range truck (a change in chassis delayed VIA’s launch by 12 months), VIA Motors instead launched an extended range Chevy Express conversion in its place – the VTRUX Van.

VIA Power Export Plug Configuration

VIA Power Export Plug Configuration

That vehicle entered production last November at the company’s assembly facility in Mexico – a plant capable of putting out about 2 conversions every hour.

To augment the van, VIA has just announced the “Express Access” side door panel option – which sounds a lot like something PG & E or Consumers Energy perhaps has requested as part of their fleet order, that VIA has chosen to make widely available.

This option allows access to tools and cargo on both side of the van via remote control.  Another companion option (shown behind the windows) are specially developed rack shelves for use in conjunction with the “Express Access” feature.

“This versatile option provides easy stand up access to cargo from the outside. It’s like getting the convenience of a full size walk-in van, in a more economical low profile van, with incredible fuel economy,” said Mark Burdge, V.P. Sales for VIA Motors. “Our fleet customers love the flexibility this configuration offers. In addition, specialty tool and cargo racks designed for many applications from Adrian Steel provide easy access.”

VIA "Pro Access" Van

VIA “Pro Access” Van

VIA’s media release explains the option further:

Each of the three side doors can be opened easily from a distance using the key remote. A bench seat can be added to accommodate a crew of five and cargo. LED lights under each door panel provide light for cargo and tools at night.

As for cost? The “Express Access” option has an MSRP of only $1,500.

The VTRUX van has an all electric range of 35 miles and a extended range of 400 miles.  For more info on the van and its abilities check out this PDF from the company.

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I’m interested in what the ports do. Obviously the J1772 is for charging. What are the other ones for?

I think they are 110 and 220 outlets…

Power Export. One of VIA’s signature features is the ability to export power from the vehicle to the worksite, replacing the need for a separate generator for worksite power.

I’m not sure how big the export option really is, since initially they said “15 kw @ 30 amps, single phase” which is non-sensical for the American market. So I would presume the standard would be 6.6 kw (30 amps, 220 volts). Supposedly they are also coming up with an additional extra cost 15 kw option, which obviously is not shown here due to the current required. I believe the third ‘port’ is the plain 110 or 220 cord, if you don’t have an EVSE to connect to.
I believe the current charging rates with Via products (reading between the lines of all their contradictory ad copy) is:

120 volts : 1.4 kw charging rate.
240 volts : 2.8 kw charging rate.
EVSE: : 6.6 kw (30 amps or 220 volts whichever comes first).

The inverter option is supposed to be powerful enough to power a house…but then, their website is largely useless…

I think the 15kW may just be in the charging direction, the export may be limited to 30A as you suggested.

I forget where on the website it is, but they are standardizing on 6.6 kw for the EVSE, since that is the size of almost all public chargers in the states, and its a not too big size for fleets. Of course, the novelty here is that


I misspoke: The extra, extra cost option is a 50 kw inverter. So the export available will be either 6.6 kw or 50. The only time they mentioned 15 kw was in relation to 30 amps, which would be 500 VAC, which is not horribly useable for most work tools if only single phase. On other pages they say the export is 120/240 single phase.

It would be nice if the truck version was aluminum. Maybe they could source bodies from Ford.

“A bench seat can be added to accommodate a crew of five and cargo.”

Why not give the option of another bench seat and provide seating for 7 to 8 people? This thing would be a great people-hauler, which a lot of people are looking for.

There was an article on this website a few months ago that VIA had done exactly that for one of those motel chains…I forget which one off the top of my head…

One of the options listed on the PDF is a “seating for 12” configuration.

People mover indeed.

Ah, I see that now. Good catch.