2013 Via X-Truck in Detroit review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 17 January 2013 , 00:01:32 byAngela

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Via X-Truck in Detroit

Time has come for us to meet the first model for utilities developed by Via Motors, the X-Truck, the first extended-range electric sport utility vehicles and cargo vans. This model comes a year after introducing the first extended-range electric pickup truck for utilities, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, PG&E. No matter which one we pick, both offer the potential to provide mobile, on-site power to help manage electric outages and minimize disruptions for customers. So that you know, the Extended-Range Electric Vehicles come with 15 kW of power capacity which is in fact enough to serve the needs of a medium-sized house. Engineers are now working on a utility-grade output module. This will be capable of providing up to 50 kW of mobile emergency power to keep critical facilities online. The model Via Motors had developed comes in handy for the PG&E when it comes to managing electrical outages. It also provides safer and more reliable service for their customers.

Back in 2008, Via Motors together with their partner PG&E have developed the first eREV pickup truck. We had the opportunity to see it for the first time last year at the North American International Auto show held in Detroit. This development represented a turning point in the electrification of the fleets of the industry. The specialists count on the fact that the world becomes more aware of the economic advantage of this very clean technology. This is good both for business, for America and most importantly for the environment. So that you know, the eREV models use the batteries for the first 40 miles and then continue to drive on electricity offered from an onboard gas-electric generator for another 400 miles or even more. Because it uses electricity first it can more than double gas fuel economy and achieve zero emissions on 50 % of the miles.

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