http://gigaom.com/cleantech/via-moto...ectric-trucks/VIA Motors takes new vehicles made by automakers and hires engineering firms to add an electric powertrain and a lithium-ion battery pack to provide up to 40 miles of range. A gasoline engine will then kick in to charge the battery to run the electric motor, Lutz said during a press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The technology is similar in concept to the GM’s Chevy Volt, and Lutz previously led development of the Volt at GM. The fuel economy should be around 100 miles per gallon, noted Lutz.
The Utah company plans to start converting vehicles from GM initially, including the Silverado, Tahoe and Express van, David West, chief marketing officer of VIA Motors, told me by phone after the press conference. The company is targeting corporate customers first, such as utility PG&E, but expects to start selling its hybrid vehicles in a few years (maybe 2013).
The trucks will likely be the most popular choice because of their attractiveness with fleet owners and consumers in North America, West said. The company is using multiple lithium-ion battery suppliers, including A123 Systems and Valence Technology, he added.
Prices for the hybrids will generally cost 35 percent more than their gasoline-only equivalent, but VIA expects the prices to go down as it increases production, West said. The hybrids also should deliver fuel savings and emission-reduction benefits that will appeal to corporate customers if not also consumers, he said.
So basically they're just adding in the batteries and charging system? It runs off batteries for up to 40 miles of travel, then switches to gas engine which also charges the batteries again.
I'd like to hear about how towing affects that 40 miles.
This is an electric vehicle concept I can get behind.
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and I would have to believe that a payload, or significant tow vehicle, would really drive down the miles on battery.The VTRUX Extended Cab has a curb weight of 5,500 lbs and a full size bed; delivering a 1,500 lb payload capacity. The 402 hp high-torque electric motor gives ample towing capacity. VTRUX are available in 2WD and 4WD configurations with automatic traction control and all-wheel drive technology.
I do think, that given the right circumstance, this vehicle will find a great deal of acceptance.
In the future, I'd consider the large SUV - I typically drive about 50-60 miles per day, yet I have those occasional trips of 150+ miles. I've never understood the market for pure electric; even the Tesla that gets up to 300 miles per charge (per their marketing materials), if you get to the end of your charge, and you are at a charging station, then you have to wait 4-8 hours to recharge....and that could suck.
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