Via Motors to Debut Trio of Plug-In Vehicles at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Vehicles will include a high-performance pickup truck with all-wheel drive and a claimed 800-horsepower rating, a luxury SUV, and what the company claims will be the world’s first extended-range electric 12-seater van.

Published: 26-Dec-2012

Most readers will recognize the names Fisker and Tesla as being two leading electric car startups, but there’s a third that will soon be making headlines, and it’s got one very famous auto industry personality as its chairman.

The company we’re talking about is Via Motors, which is headquartered in Orem, Utah, and has industry veteran Bob Lutz as its chairman.

Via Motors’ initial lineup is available for pre-order and is made up of vans and pickups that are powered by extended-range electric drivetrains. The vehicle bodies are originally sourced from General Motors but are outfitted with Via’s own electric car technology, which it calls V-DRIVE.


Via Motors eRev plug-in electric pickup with Golden Gate Bridge in distance.

Each Via truck saves PG&E about $2,700 per year in fuel costs, when compared with a conventional pickup.

VIA X-Truck Concept purportedly has EV-mode range of up to 35-miles

VIA's X-Truck concept pickup is powered by a 24 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack driving a 402hp e-motor, as well as a 5.3L V8 gasoline generator.

Via Motors eREV 15kW power module.

VIA Motors eREV is harbinger of how the differently the grid will be managed with the vehicles 15kW power capacity and 50kW module now in development.


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