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VIA Motors and Verizon to collaborate on extended range electric work vehicles; evaluation for possible wide-scale application
6 March 2012
Verizon and VIA Motors will collaborate to develop and to demonstrate plug-in electric work vehicles using VIA’s proprietary eREV (extended range electric vehicle) technology (earlier post) and evaluate the technology for possible wide-scale application into Verizon’s fleet.
Both vehicles use VIA’s proprietary eREV power train technology, enabling them to drive a majority of their daily work routes emission-free and entirely on electric power. Elements of the powertrain include:
4.3L V6 combustion engine paired with a 150 kW (201 hp) generator for the genset.
Dual-drive liquid-cooled motor controller (300 kW x 2)
24 kWh liquid-cooled Li-ion battery pack supporting 40 miles of all electric range.
300 kW (402 hp) electric traction motor with 400 N·m (295 lb-ft) torque.
In independent testing, VIA’s eREV pickup trucks have demonstrated up to 100 miles per gallon in typical fleet driving. VIA anticipates the Verizon electrified work vehicles should improve fleet fuel economy up to 300% while cutting emissions in half or more.
In addition to significant fuel savings, Verizon anticipates utilizing the vehicles’ onboard generator and power export option to power work tools or even provide power to Verizon’s network in an emergency.
The partners made the announcement at the National Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, where VIA demonstrated an electrified pickup truck and cargo van, two of the most widely used vehicles in Verizon’s fleet.
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