Bob Lutz will speak at the opening general session of the Alternative Clean Transportation Conference (ACT Expo) at the Long Beach Convention Center in California May 6, 2014.

Bob Lutz is often refered to as the father of the Chevy Volt and is a former Vice-Chairman of General Motors. Mr. Lutz now serves as Chairman of VIA Motors.

VIA is an electric vehicle company that builds extended range electric versions of full size pick-up trucks, cargo vans and passenger vans for fleets. VIA’s electric power train, called “V-Drive,” allows large work vehicles to drive primarily on electricity, said the company, saving fleets millions of dollars in fuel and operating costs.

Alan Perriton, President of VIA Motors will also speak at the conference May 8 in a session focusing on the large fleets who are already leading the move to new electric work vehicles.

VIA Motors said it will be exhibiting several of its new extended range electric fleet vehicles including an electric cargo van, passenger van and 4WD pick-up truck, capable of averaging over 100 mpg in typical driving. Demonstration drives will be available at the show for the press and general public.

ACT Expo describes itself as the industry’s largest annual gathering, bringing together more than 3,000 attendees — fleets, technology companies, OEMs, fuel providers, infrastructure developers, and policymakers — for an in-depth discussion on the rapidly evolving clean transportation industry.