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Published on May 5th, 2015 | by James Ayre


Via Motors Electric Trucks & Vans As Cheap As Conventional Ones In Chicago

May 5th, 2015 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

A new extended-range electric vehicle (EV) voucher program for fleet + business owners in the Chicago area was recently unveiled by VIA Motors — with the stated intention of reducing the initial costs associated with purchasing one (or more) of its units.

The voucher program applies to the EV company’s extended-range pickup trucks, passenger vans, and electric cargo vans — which are all currently being sold under the VTRUX brand name.


To provide some more-specific information here, the new Drive Clean Chicago voucher program is available to those located within the DuPage, Kane, Cook, McHenry, Lake, and Will, counties. There are actually 3 different voucher options available — there’s a $41,200 voucher available for the Extended Range Electric Pickup; there’s a $39,460 voucher available for the Extended Range Electric Passenger Van; and there’s a $42,892 voucher available for the Extended Range Electric Cargo Van.

Bob Lutz Via Motors

Something that’s very much worth noting here is that these extended-range offerings from VIA Motors are already eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Incentive — which means that when the voucher and tax incentives are combined, most fleet or business owners will be in the position to purchase one of the extended-range vehicles for roughly the same upfront price of a conventional one.

When you add in the substantial operational savings of such vehicles, that really makes this deal look rather attractive, doesn’t it? It’s actually a no-brainer. I’ll be very interested to see how this new voucher program plays out — I suppose that it’ll say quite a lot about the future prospects of VIA Motors.

Image Credit: VIA Motors 

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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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