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VIA Motors announced yesterday Bob Lutz was appointed Chairman of the Board of VIA Motors, maker of extended-range electric trucks, vans and SUVs. Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, is also known as the “father of the Chevy Volt” and was already a board member of VIA Motors. “VIA is fortunate to have the […]

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Via Motors’ extended range electric passenger van made its in-service debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Via said the series hybrid provided private VIP electric shuttle van services to filmmakers and guests in association with Heretic Films. Heretic Films, founded by Burton Richie and Ben Galecki, hosted several film premiers and […]

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Sun Country Highway has entered in an agreement with VIA Motors to provide plug-in hybrid trucks and vans. VIA Motors made the announcement at the North American International Auto Show Jan. 14, saying it has received an $80 million purchase agreement from Sun Country Highway to electrify hotels and other business as part of a […]

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In a newspaper interview last week, the “father of the Chevy Volt,” Bob Lutz, said General Motors missed its original opportunity to apply the “extended-range electric” powertrain formula used by the Chevrolet Volt on a light-duty truck. GM instead has a 2-mode hybrid which has sold weakly against heavy volume of its pickups and SUVs, […]

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As VIA Motors prepares to begin production of its converted series hybrid pickups, vans and eventually SUVs utilizing GM chassis and engines, it has also introduced a solar panel to sweeten the potential value proposition. At this stage, two different pre-production configurations take the place of a traditional tonneou cover and could provide as much […]

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From the Los Angeles Auto Show, Bob Lutz was on hand to announce the startup for production of VIA Motors pick up trucks and vans to begin next year. Lutz is well known for championing extended range electric technology while at General Motors, preferring it over hybrid or all-electric technology, particularly in full size vehicles. […]

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VIA Motors inaugurated its first high-volume electric vehicle assembly line this week, located in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The Governor, Dr. Fernando Toranzo, officiated at the ceremony along with VIA Motors president Alan Perriton, and Pablo Acedo, president of VIA Motors Latin America (VMLM). “I was impressed with how smooth, quiet, and powerful the truck […]

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VIA Motors President Alan Perriton announced that the company’s extended range electric cargo van has successfully passed all crash testing required prior to mass production. “We were very pleased with the results of the crash testing of our electric cargo van. The engineering work done to integrate the VIA’s electric technology has been exceptional and […]

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VIA Motors’ electric pickup trucks and vans have been selected for a major contract. In a press conference held October 2 at the Plug-In 2013 electric vehicle show in San Diego, VIA Motors president Alan Perriton announced that VIA has signed a contract to build and deliver $20 million worth of electric pick-up trucks and […]

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Automakers trying to make already relatively fuel-efficient vehicles even more frugal through electrification have their priorities essentially backwards, says Bob Lutz. The former General Motors vice chairman who pushed the compact extended-range Chevrolet Volt and Ampera sister to market and who now is on the board of VIA Motors says if he was to do […]

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