VIA Motors

November 27, 2013 10:28 ET

VIA Motors Unveils Solar Powered Truck at LA Auto Show

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 27, 2013) - VIA Motors thrilled truck owners at the LA Auto Show this week with the unveiling of a solar panel bed cover option called the SölTRUX for VIA's extended range electric pick up trucks. Truck owners often purchase an accessory sometimes referred to as a "tonneau top" to cover and secure the cargo in the bed of a Pick Up truck. VIA's solar bed cover integrates high capacity solar panels which plug into VIA's proprietary power train and charging technology allowing the panels to charge the truck when parked or driving. VIA's SölTRUX™ solar panel bed cover can add up to 5 to 10 miles of additional electric range on long sunny days, depending on panel capacity and the availability of the sun. 

Unlike solar options previously contemplated for smaller cars that can often only generate enough power to run small accessories, the large full size panels in VIA's solar bed cover for a Pick Up truck can provide enough power to charge the main batteries and add significant additional range or power for jobsite work tools.

"This much solar charging really wasn't available until we electrified the pick up truck, which offers enough real estate to accommodate full-size, high-capacity panels," said David West, Chief Marketing Officer for VIA Motors who lead the development of the product. "This option makes owning an electric truck even more attractive today because it can charge while parked outside almost anywhere," West concluded.

VIA plans to offer this unique after-market solar option for its electrified version of the Chevy Silverado called the VIA VTRUX, through participating dealers after the production launch of its 2014 electric truck in mid 2014. VIA is also developing a similar option for its passenger and cargo vans.

About VIA Motors
VIA Motors is a privately held electric vehicle development and manufacturing company. VIA employs a streamlined second stage manufacturing process to integrate its proprietary V-DRIVE™ power train into new OEM vehicles, then sells directly to fleets under the VTRUX™ brand name. VIA VTRUX deliver up to 40-mile battery range and unlimited extended range, averaging over 100 mpg in typical daily driving. More information on VIA Motors may be found at:  Video with Bob Lutz: Online calculator to estimate savings:

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