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VTRUX Plug-In Hybrid Truck Doubles As Emergency Power Generator

The new VTRUX plug-in hybrid truck from Via Motors seems to have a lot of upside — a large and sturdy body, good hauling power, handy 120- and 240-volt power outlets, and even the ability to function as an emergency power generator, thanks to its 300-kilowatt motor and 150-kilowatt generator.

The emergency power generator abilities were recently unveiled by VTRUX at San Francisco’s recent Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative event, sponsored by PG&E.

Via Motors plug in electric truck

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Autoblog Green has more: “The VTRUX is based on the Chevrolet Silverado and was displayed at the event alongside models such as the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and a Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in. Via first showed off its pickup (and SUV and van models with similar powertrains) at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2012, and added its heavier-duty XTRUX line earlier this year. At the time, Lutz said the beasts could achieve fuel efficiency levels of more than 100 miles per gallon.”

Sounds like a useful vehicle! Good fuel efficiency, a good size, electrical outlets for tool use, and the ability to function effectively as an emergency power generator — so long as the price isn’t too high, it’s hard to see how the vehicle wouldn’t find itself a niche.

But there may be some holdup in that regard: “Nothing’s set in stone yet, but the SUV (Suburban) may cost around $70,000 while the truck could be a bit more expensive: $79,000. The cost may come down a bit by the time private customers get a chance to buy any of these work vehicles in 2013.”

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


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