Posts Tagged: Via Motors

VIA Motors to be acquired by Ideanomics

VIA Motors was founded in 2010, and got a lot of media attention thanks to Chairman Bob Lutz, the “Father of the Chevy Volt.” The original business plan was converting GM pickups and vans to PHEVs. Now the company plans to produce fully electric commercial vehicles for fleets. Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) has agreed to acquire… Read more »

VIA Motors launches voucher program for Chicago fleet buyers

VIA Motors has announced a voucher program for Chicago-area fleet and business owners that reduces the purchase price of its extended range electric pickups and vans. The Drive Clean Chicago program offers a voucher worth $41,200 for the VIA Motors Extended Range Electric Pickup, $42,892 for the Cargo Van, and $39,460 for the Passenger Van. Combining… Read more »

VIA Motors earns EPA certification, begins delivering vehicles

VIA Motors has received official certification from the EPA for its eREV van, and has begun delivering vehicles to fleet customers. According to the company, 23 vans have already been delivered, with three more in transit and more on the way. SEE ALSO: New white paper urges utilities to electrify their vehicle fleets Based on a… Read more »

Air Force rolls out plug-in vehicle fleet with V2G

Los Angeles Air Force Base has replaced its entire general-purpose vehicle fleet with plug-in vehicles. The 42-vehicle fleet includes 13 Nissan LEAFs, five Ford pick-up trucks with EVAOS PHEV kits, 9 VIA Motors VTRUX vans, four Electric Vehicle International medium-duty trucks and one Phoenix Motorcars 12-passenger bus. Most are equipped with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability, allowing… Read more »

New white paper urges utilities to electrify their vehicle fleets

Electric utilities around the world are beginning to see the benefits of e-mobility, not least because it represents a growth market for a future in which consumers will be encouraged to use less electricity. A new white paper from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) notes that “93% of the energy consumed in transportation today comes… Read more »

VIA Motors acquires Prodigy Engineering

VIA Motors, the maker of VTRUX plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles, has acquired Prodigy Engineering, an EV design, engineering and prototyping company that has been under contract with VIA to prototype new vehicle models. Prodigy founders Mark and Mike Patey will stay on under a four-year retainer and non-compete agreement with VIA. “This acquisition expands VIA’s… Read more »

VIA Motors receives $80-million commitment for transcontinental electrification project

VIA Motors has received an $80-million purchase agreement to electrify hotels and other businesses as part of a transcontinental electrification project. The privately-funded project, Sun Country Highway, has placed over 1,000 charging stations across Canada to allow EV owners to travel coast-to-coast with free charging. In the next phase, it will provide charging for the… Read more »

VIA’s electrified trucks to include Recargo’s charging station data

VIA Motors and Recargo have announced an agreement to include Recargo’s PlugShare charging infrastructure information in VIA’s Pad in-Dash EV control system, which it plans to unveil in the 2014 production vehicles. PlugShare claims to be the world’s most comprehensive listing of public charging stations, with over 28,000 plugs in North America, and 55,000 globally,… Read more »

Via Motors presents solar tonneau for its plug-in pickup

The first question the “average Joe” asks about an EV is often, “Why don’t they put a solar panel on it?” Leaving aside technical details about surface area, insolation, voltage levels and the requirements of vehicle design, the simple answer is that it wouldn’t produce enough energy to justify the cost. However, Via Motors’ VTrux… Read more »