The X-Truck here, was introduced by Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. Along with Via Motors President, Alan Perriton, the X-Truck was unveiled at a special press conference held in Bob’s honor.
The truck has 5.3 liter gas V8 engine that charges the 24 kWh battery pack. Earlier a V6 was chosen, but then it would have been less economical compared to the V8, in this case, as the V6 would have had to work harder, and in turn consume more petrol. VIA eREV (Extended-Range Electric Vehicles) models normally will run the first 40 miles (65 kms) on the battery power. Once the battery is depleted, only then the petrol powered engine will come into action and start charging the two VR-300 electric motors.
This truck is ideal for urban deliveries and other city jobs wherein they can be plied all day without use of gas. It can also power to your house. Basically, this truck is a powerhouse in itself. Pricing is not yet revealed but it is suffice to say that this will be higher than that of an equivalent gas powered truck. No official dates are issued for sales to commence though the company has already started taking in orders.
“VIA’s new vehicles have the potential to transform the way we at PG&E manage electrical outages, and to help us provide safer, more reliable service for our customers,” said PG&E Senior Vice President Greg Pruett . “We’re excited about our ongoing work with VIA Motors as we develop new and innovative ways to green our utility fleet.”
“VIA’s partnership with PG&E, and the introduction of the world’s first extended-range electric work trucks, SUVs, and cargo vans in their fleet, marks a turning point in the electrification of the industry’s fleets,” said VIA Motors Board of Directors Member Bob Lutz. “As the world becomes more aware of the economic advantages of this ultra-clean technology, I am convinced that this type of electric vehicle will become very popular with consumers as well, and will help end our dependence on oil. It’s good for business, good for the environment and good for America.”