Rob Gutierrez, NTEA director of trade shows and events, congratulates VIA Motors on being named the winner of The Work Truck Show 2012 Green Award for its full-size extended range electric vehicle (EREV) work trucks. Pictured: L-R: Gabriel Hern, VIA Motors regional sales director; Ty Kielblock, VIA Motors regional sales director; Rob Gutierrez; Mark Burdge, VIA Motors vice president-sales & business development; Dan Edwards, VIA Motors national sales director; Jeffrey Esfeld, VIA Motors director-commercial fleet programs & business development.
The trucks have up to 40 mi. of all-electric range using lithium ion batteries, and can drive unlimited miles using VIA’s onboard electric generator or “range extender,” Via said. Charging is done overnight through a typical 110V household outlet.
Via displayed a pickup truck and cargo van equipped with the company’s proprietary eRev powertrain during the show, which was held March 6-8 in Indianapolis.
The Green Award is presented to the exhibitor with the product that best advances fuel utilization. The winner is selected by a panel of trade media editors and fleet managers.
“VIA is pleased to receive the 2012 Green Award and to be recognized for the significant leap ahead in fuel efficiency and emissions our eREV technology offers full-size working vehicles,” said Kraig Higginson, CEO, VIA Motors. “Working fleets can meet or exceed future CAFE standards today, and the good news is, VIA’s clean trucks actually cost less to own and operate than a conventional truck or van.”