I know that a lot of you are eager for electric trucks to hit the market. One of the first such vehicles is the Via Motors VTRUX. It’s not 100% electric, but it is a plug-in hybrid electric truck that, like the Chevy Volt, can run solely on electricity. If its electric range runs out, a gasoline engine then kicks in to keep it rolling.
Actually, as far as I’m aware and as far as the folks at Via Motors are aware, the VTRUX is the first “mass-market” electric pick-up truck.
“The pick-up truck is the number one selling vehicle in America and VIA Motors is the only automaker building electric light-duty pick-up trucks, cargo vans and passenger vans,” noted Alan Perriton, VIA Motors president, in a recent press release. “The all-in cost is actually lower than driving a gas truck; this is very welcome news to budget-constrained fleets who spend more and more each year on ever-increasing gas prices, who can now save money and reduce their fleet emissions.”
$20 Million Contract, 50 Fleets
In the above-mentioned press release, Via Motors announced that it had won a $20-million contract to supply the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with a number of its trucks and electric vans. The exact number was not provides, and may not be finalized, but Via Motors is to supply trucks and vans to over 50 fleets!
“In addition, VIA will install proprietary technology into each vehicle that will record and transmit real-time data to allow the DOE to quantify improvements in fuel economy and emissions,” Via Motors wrote in the press release.
The contract is administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) acting as project manager. The California Energy Commission is also participating the program. The DOE plans to publish the data for use by government agencies, participating fleets and the general public to use to help quantify the benefits of operating plug-in electric vehicles. VIA’s electrified pickup trucks have already demonstrated the potential to reduce gas consumption and emissions by up to 80% on average in early beta testing with large fleet customers.
The program includes technology installed in each vehicle that will record and transmit data to the Idaho National Lab (INL) for analysis by the DOE and EPRI. INL is one of the nation’s leading national labs operated by the DOE and specializes in evaluating vehicle performance and energy consumption.
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