Via Motors VTRUX Plug-In Hybrid Truck Can Power Your Block
Via Motors recently showed off their extended range plug-in vehicles among which was the truck and we are now getting new information’s about this vehicle and the possibilities that it offers. According to this company Via Motors VTRUX Plug-In Hybrid Truck can provide power that is significantly higher than just for camping trip or a tailgate party.
The company, which notably has former General Motors executive Bob Lutz as a pitchman, showed off one of its VTRUX pickups at San Francisco’s Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative event sponsored by PG&E late last month and said the truck could double as an emergency power generator, Plug In Cars reports.
The VTRUX is based on the Chevrolet Silverado and was displayed at the event alongside models such as the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and a Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in. The big truck has some options those don’t, though, like 120- and 240-volt power outlets that can be used by workmen. With its 300-kilowatt motor and a 150-kilowatt generator, the VTRUX can also serve as an temporary emergency power source, even for utility companies looking to get darkened neighborhoods back up and running.
Via first showed off its pickup (and SUV and van models with similar powertrains) at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2012, and added its heavier-duty XTRUX line earlier this year. At the time, Lutz said the beasts could achieve fuel efficiency levels of more than 100 miles per gallon.
For many drivers there is no need for a large pick-up trucks but there is still decent number of buyers that are looking for this type of vehicles because of the job they have and that they are doing. There are no reasons why this type of vehicles should not be offered with a hybrid or electric drivetrain so it would bring significant fuel saves compared to a standard gasoline and diesel versions.
One of the problems with Via Motors VTRUX Plug-In Hybrid Truck might be the price of this vehicle. This also applies to the rest of the lineup that is offered by this start up car maker. With significant saves it might be a good purchase for many drivers that need vehicles similar to these.