Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors, will introduce an extended range electric (eREV) Pickup Truck, SUV and Van from VIA Motors, in a press conference at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on 10 January.
VIA Motors has developed the first extended range electric powertrain capable of replacing the V8 engine. It was my great privilege to introduce the Chevy Volt, and it will be a great honor to introduce the world's first line of eREV Trucks, Vans and SUVs by VIA Motors.—Bob Lutz
Bob Lutz, who retired from GM in 2010, recently joined the the VIA Motors Board of Directors.
In addition to the full size Pickup Truck, VIA will unveil two new eREV vehicles at the NAIAS: a full size, four-wheel drive SUV, and a three-quarter-ton, full-size Cargo Van. Like VIA’s eREV truck, all three vehicles can drive 30 to 40 miles on lithium-ion batteries, then up to 400 miles using the onboard generator, averaging up to 100 mpg.
VIA Motors has begun taking orders for 2012 for its extended range electric pickup truck. Production of VIA’s eREV pickup is scheduled to begin in 2012, with plans to ramp up production to 20,000 units per year over the next few years including the eREV SUV, Van and other large eREV vehicles.