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    Default 70 MPG Electric Chevy Truck? Nope, it's Via Motors!

    Just saw this video and had to share, I guess Via Motors has been taking late model Chevy & GMC trucks and turning them into high HP electric trucks - basically a Truck version of the Chevy Volt. Looks interesting to say the least. I wasn't sure what to think of it, except Bob Lutz is behind it, so it's got my attention.



    Here's what Fox News has to say about it.

    This is one way to keep on trucking.

    Via Motors has introduced an 804 hp heavy duty off-road pickup truck concept with an in-your-face look that would make a Hummer run for cover, but the most impressive thing about it is that it gets 70 mpg.


    Impossible?


    The trick is that the X-Trux is a plug-in, extended range electric vehicle similar to the Chevrolet Volt and Fisker Karma.


    Via Motors buys full-size trucks from General Motors and replaces their transmissions with electric motors that run off of a 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack that provides up to 40 miles of electric-only range before an internal combustion engine kicks in to power a generator for longer trips.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/...#ixzz2IACYwPEa

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    I want one! Well, I actually want the system in my yukon xl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pikey View Post
    I want one! Well, I actually want the system in my yukon xl
    $70,000 or somewhere around that. I bet.
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    Here are some photos. They make a Truck, SUV and Van ... all based on GM Platforms and using technology similar to what's found in the Chevy Volt.

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    Extended-Range Electric VTrux

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    Road-trip ready Electric SUV

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    Electric Vans for long-range delivery


    Learn more at: http://www.viamotors.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curky View Post
    $70,000 or somewhere around that. I bet.
    I looked at their site. It looks like $79000. But, they show the same price for the suburban model and the truck model. $79000 is not all that crazy for a new suburban with the electric system. A base model 2013 suburban starts at $44000.

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    Wonder if the towing is still there? Most electric motors provide enormous torque so maybe it does have great towing capability

    what do you think??
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    The towing was my first thought too. I usually only tow about 4k, so I only need reasonable numbers...but I tow long distance. So...if the truck is capable of towing 4-5k lbs through the mountains on a 1000 mile non-stop trip, and still maintain better fuel mileage than the current range of gas trucks, then I could see it being useful.

    But then there is the drawback...the price. Seriously now...how long are those batteries going to last (and how much will it cost to replace them), and how much do you really spend every year on gas? At the end of the day, it comes down to money.

    I don't think we are quite at a point where it makes financial sense to "go green"...but things like this do give us hope for the future.
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    I wonder where the break even point is on $79,000...... ? 20 years? I think I will pass (for those of us that don't have incomes over $75,000 a year.

    I think the "break even" point on a loaded LTZ Dmax will be half the time it would be with that truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CowsPatoot View Post
    So...if the truck is capable of towing 4-5k lbs through the mountains on a 1000 mile non-stop trip, and still maintain better fuel mileage than the current range of gas trucks, then I could see it being useful.
    Your current gas/diesel GM truck can't do a 1000 mile non-stop trip, so it's unfair to hold an electric to that standard. (Your trip is not technically non-stop since you are stopping for fuel.)

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    Valid point, but my intent was that I don't have to wait for things to recharge in the middle. I have to stop for refreshments more often than my truck does.

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