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Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by Iamthecaliflower, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Iamthecaliflower

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    What is VIA Motors? I can't find anything on it. They claim they are producing a truck that can achieve a range of 400miles, that is some sort of hybrid. Any thoughts? I can't find much info other than that Bob Lutz is running the show.
     
  2. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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  3. Iamthecaliflower

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    Not funny. I am really hoping for some information not from their website. Anyone know anything about this? How are they planning on achieving range of 400miles?
     
  4. EVNow

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    They are converted PHEVs (EREVs) - not EVs. Just 20 or 40 miles in EV and then uses gas engine, like the Volt.
     
  5. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Do you have the link to the article talking about their 400 mile claim?
     
  6. Ardie

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    Hmmm.
    Tesla's Model S (-160) is using a 40 kWh battery, and will get 160 miles out of it.
    VIA's E-REV pickup truck is using a 24 kWh battery, and will get 40 miles out of it.

    If I was wearing a Tesla-hater hat, I'd say that Tesla must be wildly optimistic about their range.
    If I was wearing a VIA-hater hat, I'd say that their pickup truck must be ridiculously inefficient.
    Since I don't wear a hat, I'll say that we should welcome the additional diversity in vehicle choices that will be soon available to us all.

    --Ardie
     
  7. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I don't think anyone was criticizing VIA.

    The range is actually (from their website above):

    20 mile Battery Range
    340 Mile Extended Range

    40 mile Battery Range
    360 MileExtended Range

    so the range you're talking about includes the added range from the ICE and gas tank.
     
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    I was driving my Model S through the Colorado River canyon upstream from Moab the other day and stopped to fly my quadcopter to capture some video and stills, when this white pickup truck sees me and slams on the brakes, and two guys hop out. I'm thinking, Oh, crap: they must be rangers or something here to confiscate my 'copter. But it turns out they're with VIA Motors and are in the area filming commercials. We had a nice chat and then they were off...

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    If they can't get very basic numbers on their website right(30A charging is a little over 7kw, not 15),then IMO they cannot be taken seriously.
     
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    They recently doubled the charging power, from what I understand - 15 kW is correct. They must have updated it in one place and not the other.
     
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    If keeping numbers on a website consistent is your gauge of a serious EV car maker, you must forget about Tesla Motors, too :tongue:
     
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    Via Motors running an infomercial on a fake tv show with Kathy Ireland.

    Ms Ireland does this with several companies. I only saw the end but seems like they are soliciting investors.
     
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    Anybody got updated info on Via Motors?
     
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    (Edit: Ah... sorry, this thread showed up in my feedreader featuring the first post as new. Just noticed that this is a super old thread. Rob, I think I haven't heard anything since that EV conference in October. Will be presenting there again in October and see what I can dig up.)

    We've been covering them for years, but the company has been very quiet in the past year (edit: aside from Bob Lutz getting up and talking *sugar* about Tesla and the Chevy Bolt from time to time, presumably outside of his role at Via Motors). That said, its focus is fleet sales, so it doesn't need to advertise as much as convince fleet managers to make sizable orders. There's some interesting stuff in the presentation in the first article on the first link. It was at an EV conference I was presenting at that several Florida utilities were also presenting at. There seemed to be quite a bit of demand for them that took awhile for Via Motors to supply.

    Via Motors Archives - EV Obsession

    Via Motors Archives | CleanTechnica

    Via Motors Archives - Gas 2
     
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    If these were available to individual buyers and not just fleet operators, I'd have a tough choice between a Via pickup and a Model 3.
     
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    Via Trux starts at $80k
     
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    I don't remember the source, but last I recall, they went ahead with production of the Chevy Express Van based platform since it was not due for update. They are waiting for the next generation Silverado pickup to be available from the neighboring Chevy plant in Mexico. At some point they were so late that they were up against the model changeover and decided not to bother with the old model Silverado.
     

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