VIA Motors to Debut GM-based Electric Trucks and vans in LA

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VIA Motors, a company that turns GM pickup trucks and vans into electric vehicles at its brand new plant in Mexico, will be showcasing its new range of EVs at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show next week.
A few weeks ago, VIA Motors opened an assembly facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which will deliver around 10,000 vehicles per year. The manufacturer will receive trucks, SUVs and vans from GM’s plant in Silao, will remove gas powertrain components and replace them with electric powertrains and software.

The company says the vehicles will be powered by 402 HP electric motors that will “deliver up to 40-mile battery range and unlimited extended range, averaging over 100 mpg in typical daily driving.”

VIA Motors’ lineup includes three Silverado pickup truck versions (standard, extended cab and crew cab”, a Suburban SUV and two Express vans variants (passenger and cargo).

“VIA’s unique assembly system will be able to output two electric vehicles per hour and 10,000 vehicles per year,” said Pablo Acedo, president of VIA Motors. “We are proud to be first to deploy this innovative assembly technology here in Mexico, to transform conventional vehicles into advanced, extended range electric vehicles. San Luis Potosi will soon become synonymous with electric vehicles.”
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