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OREM, UTAH, November 13, 2014 —VIA Motors announced today that it has received official certification from the Environmental Protection Agency for its eREV Van, according to VIA Motors CEO Pablo Acedo.


eREV is an acronym for Extended Range Electric Vehicle.

VIA Motors is a privately-held electric vehicle development and manufacturing company headquartered in Orem, Utah. They develop and produce the highest quality extended range electric light-duty vans and trucks for fleet customers.

VIA Motors developed a revolutionary and proprietary V-DRIVE™ powertrain that delivers up to 40-mile battery range and unlimited extended range, averaging over 100 miles-per-gallon in typical daily driving.

The result has been functional, economical and environmentally-friendly light-duty vans and trucks.

VIA Motors is currently working with the Electric Power Research Institute – also know as EPRI – and the South Coast Air Quality Management District to deliver Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles to electric utility fleets as part of a nationwide demonstration supported by the Department of Energy.

“We see our eREV vehicles as an important part of the fleets of the future. This all-important EPA certification validates our concept of integrating VIA’s proprietary powertrain into OEM vehicles to deliver both economical and clean vehicle solutions” said Acedo.

VIA Motors Chairman Bob Lutz, father of the Chevy Volt and former Vice Chairman of GM, added “If we are going to see main stream adoption of electric vehicles, the technology must deliver a good return on investment to the largest segment of the auto business, namely trucks and vans. That’s why I am so confident in VIA and proudly serve as Chairman.” EPA certification means that VIA is now cleared to deliver its VIA eREV Vans to fleet customers across the United States.

They have already begun the shipping and delivery process. Twenty-three VIA eREV Vans have been delivered to customers and three more are currently in transit. More will be on the way soon.

Excited about the announcement, but already looking to the future, Acedo adds “This is just the beginning. We are very excited about many other major milestones on the horizon as we continue to fulfill the needs of our major fleet customers with VIA VTRUX vans and trucks.”

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Bob Lutz. The human race's answer to the Energizer Bunny.
LOL that was funny. I don't think this will be another of Bobs Plymouth Prowler jobs, what happened to Plymouth?



Seriously though this will be the future one day, l hope Via can get the costs down in time if they do this could be a lifesaver for GM one day, US might be fracking all the big pools, as the Saudi's try to flood the market out with cheap oil to put a stop to fracking, enjoy the glut of cheap oil but it won't last forever, this E-REV van only makes sense as a long term buy.at the moment be this will be the future one day, and Via have a e-rev concept pickup X truck that pumps out 800 BHP/100 MPG thats plenty (LOL 800 BHP only providing its got some Duracell's under the hood of the Chevy Express).
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100 mpg Chevry Express E-REV for happy Bunny's, (Duracell with no range anxiety) .
 

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I think VIA is going to have a hard time of it UNLESS they start using SOME other engine/chassis combo OR BUY the rights to the ONES thay are using NOW as I doubt GM will keep on building those GMT900's + the 4.8L for very long
I wonder about say the Colorado Chassis and the NEW 4.3L with VIA's OWN van BODY and offer it in TAXI/HandiVAN versions also
 

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A Colorado version of this might be appealing to consumers in the cities.

I would love one to carry my bicycle.
 

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You can see why he likes using trucks since the ladder frame offers a handy space to put all those batteries. And those batteries make it a heavy mutha - 7200lb curb weight?

I'm sure this is the cheapest possible way to go about it. Using existing 'off the shelf' parts like this is the cheapest way to go. Other consideration is that using ecotec engines would just boost the cost even more - they are far more expensive to produce. In this case you have an iron block too - even cheaper. Though heavier.
 

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I wonder what their overall sales are like?
The pickups have been out there awhile.
 

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It's amazing it uses a battery smaller than the one used in the Nissan Leaf (23 KWH vs 24 KWH on the Leaf). Of course the range is less, (35 miles vs 80 miles), but this is a much bigger vehicle.
 

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LOL that was funny. I don't think this will be another of Bobs Plymouth Prowler jobs, what happened to Plymouth?



Seriously though this will be the future one day, l hope Via can get the costs down in time if they do this could be a lifesaver for GM one day, US might be fracking all the big pools, as the Saudi's try to flood the market out with cheap oil to put a stop to fracking, enjoy the glut of cheap oil but it won't last forever, this E-REV van only makes sense as a long term buy.at the moment be this will be the future one day, and Via have a e-rev concept pickup X truck that pumps out 800 BHP/100 MPG thats plenty (LOL 800 BHP only providing its got some Duracell's under the hood of the Chevy Express).
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100 mpg Chevry Express E-REV for happy Bunny's, (Duracell with no range anxiety) .
I wonder
Why do they need to use big honking V8 engine as a generator?
Wouldn't smaller lighter engine do?
I have a one cylinder Honda genny in my RV and it charges the batts just fine..
 
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