VIA Motors has received its official Certificate of Conformity from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Extended Range Electric Vehicle (eREV) Van, according to VIA Motors CEO Pablo Acedo. EPA certification means that VIA is now cleared to deliver its VIA eREV Vans to fleet customers across the United States.
The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires every engine and motor vehicle within the chain of commerce in the United States to meet a set of emission standards and conformity requirements. Anyone wishing to sell an engine or vehicle within the United States must demonstrate compliance with the CAA and all applicable EPA regulations.
Upon adequate representation of conformity by the manufacturer and possibly confirmatory testing by EPA, EPA may issue a Certificate of Conformity which provides authorization for production and sales within the United States.
VIA has already begun the shipping and delivery process. Twenty-three VIA eREV Vans have been delivered to customers and three more are currently in transit.
According to VIA, its V-DRIVE powertrain applied in the VTRUX Van delivers up to 35 miles (56 km) of all electric range and 350 miles (563 km) on a single fill-up, averaging more than 100 miles-per-gallon in typical daily driving.
VIA Motors is currently working with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to deliver plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to electric utility fleets as part of a nationwide demonstration supported by the Department of Energy.
We see our eREV vehicles as an important part of the fleets of the future. This all-important EPA certification validates our concept of integrating VIA’s proprietary powertrain into OEM vehicles to deliver both economical and clean vehicle solutions.—Pablo Acedo, VIA CEO