The United States’ leading electric utility fleets are gathered together this week in historic Williamsburg Va., as they have done every year for the past 59 years.
They will be addressed this year by one of America’s iconic leaders in the car business, Bob Lutz, who will speak to them about the electrification of the auto industry.
Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, will speak to the group of fleet managers about the important role America’s utility fleets will play in the wide-spread adoption of electric vehicles.
“We are proud to have Bob Lutz speak at our national conference this year,” said George Survant, president of the Electric Utilities Fleet Managers Conference. “Mr. Lutz is a legend in the industry and a champion of American technology. His leadership has helped put this nation on the road to electrification and energy independence.”
The annual gathering of utility fleet managers provides an opportunity for some of the county’s largest utility fleet managers to review new vehicle technology and equipment for the utility industry.
Of particular interest to the industry this year is the introduction of extended range electric vehicle technology by VIA Motors’ into full size pick-up trucks, the number one selling vehicle in America, and also one of the most widely used vehicles in the utility industry.
VIA introduced two electric work vehicles at the show: an extended cab pick-up truck and cargo van, both with 15 kilowatts of exportable power. The onboard exportable power provides electric utility fleets with emergency response mobile power and additional “smart grid” capabilities.
Since retiring from GM, Mr. Lutz now serves on the board of directors of VIA Motors, to continue his vision of extended range electric vehicle technology into full size vehicles.