DETROIT, MI, Dec 20, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- VIA Motors announced today that Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors and father of the Chevy Volt, will introduce the world's first extended range electric Pickup Truck, SUV and Van, in a press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm EST.
"VIA Motors has developed the first extended range electric powertrain capable of replacing the V8 engine. It was my great privilege to introduce the Chevy Volt, and it will be a great honor to introduce the world's first line of eREV Trucks, Vans and SUVs by VIA Motors."
"This new breed of full size utility vehicles can deliver the power and performance of a V8, with better fuel economy than many smaller cars, by driving on electricity for about $2 a day," adds Alan Perriton, Chief Operations Officer for VIA Motors, and himself a former GM senior executive. "It actually costs less to own and operate a clean VIA electrified truck or SUV than a gas truck," added Perriton.
In addition to the full size Pickup Truck, VIA will unveil two exciting new eREV vehicles at the North American International Auto Show: a full size, four wheel drive SUV, and a three-quarter-ton, full-size Cargo Van
at its booth on the main floor of the show. Like VIA's eREV truck, all three vehicles can drive 30 to 40 miles on advanced, non-flammable
, lithium ion batteries, then up to 400 miles using the onboard generator, averaging up to 100 mpg.