Via Motors V2G Pickups Ready to Emergency Service
Japanese companies have explored the concept of electric vehicles powering houses for some time, but with events like last year's Hurricane Sandy fresh in peoples' minds, some U.S. organizations are investigating it too.
One of these is the Department of Defense. Another is Via Motors, the Bob Lutz-backed electric vehicle company converting GM's trucks and vans into range-extended vehicles.
Together with utility company PG&E, Via Motors is experimenting with a "power export" feature allowing its trucks to hook up to a house in the event of a power outage, supplying it with electricity.
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$20 million deal will provide matching funds for 50 corporate fleets in the US to purchase pickups and vans equipped with Via Motors plug-in electric hybrid drive system.
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