VIA Motors has started production of its 2015 models of electrified trucks.
Bob Lutz announced on Tuesday the 2015 production launch of the for now fleet-only VIA Electrified 4WD Chevy Silverado and Chevy Express cargo and passenger vans at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.
Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, is well known for his advocacy of extended range electric vehicle technology that allows mainstream production vehicles to be electrified today.
“The combination of VIA’s extended range electric technology, in the number one selling vehicle in America, the pickup truck, means electric vehicles are now headed for the mainstream, lead by VIA Motors. This is one of those historic events where yesterday’s vision is today’s reality,” said Lutz.
VIA stated its electrified Chevy Silverado will be built in VIA’s new high volume production facility located near the GM Silao plant in Mexico. VIA added its plant will be capable of producing up to 10,000 vehicles per year in a unique process that transforms conventional production vehicles into electric vehicles by integrating VIA’s V-Drive technology which includes two powerful electric motors and advanced Lithium Ion batteries.
VIA’s drive technology is said by the company to provide “unlimited extended range” with a 16 gal tank that delivers an additional 400 miles of generated electric driving.
“VIA has invested 5 years in the development of our proprietary electric drive technology and the establishment of a solid fleet market base. We are proud to now begin commercial production and plan for a rapid ramp up to initially fill the present and growing demand by fleet customers,” said VIA CEO, Pablo Acedo.
The company added its electrified trucks, mostly sold to fleets, deliver up to 40-mile battery range and unlimited extended range, averaging up to 100 mpg in typical daily driving.
While making the announcement, Lutz took a minute to explain the vehicle’s 240V and 110V Power Xport option located in a panel on the side of the truck that turns the vehicle into a mobile power plant. This feature can be used for any number of purposes, such as powering a construction site or a home, in an emergency.