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Via Motors 100 MPG Electric Pickup Launching At Detroit

So far, the range of electric vehicles offered for general sale has been fairly limited – most carmakers have been selling their technology in standard family cars, or city cars.

In terms of efficiency, those vehicles are actually relatively good. Why not try and make improvements in the generally less efficient truck class?

Via Motors have been doing exactly that, and the Chicago Tribune reports the company will debut an extended-range electric pickup at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

None other than Bob Lutz will be introducing the truck, little more than a year after the first Chevrolet Volts hit the streets, a car he played a significant part in.

The Via Motors eREV, as it’s known, works similarly to the Volt.

A 402-horsepower electric motor is fed by liquid cooled, 24 kWh lithium-ion batteries and allows the truck to drive on electric power for around 40 miles. As this depletes, a 4.3-liter V6, gasoline-powered range-extending engine can kick in to provide extra power, enough for a range of 400 miles.
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